“Oh, $#*%!”

Things sometimes go horribly wrong, but sometimes a big mistake leads to a bigger breakthrough and our errors sow the seeds of our biggest successes. Join NextFab staff on January 25th for a discussion of things gone gloriously wrong. Our panel consists of Jessica Eskow, electronics engineer and artist; John Haggerty, woodshop guru and all-around fabricator; Ryan Hyde, luthier; and Scott Newcomb laserist extraordinaire.

“Failure should be feared as much as one should fear a hammer. While some failures can be seen as damaging, more often failure is a tool for learning and personal growth. I’ve learned far more from a project rife with issues and problems than I ever did with one that ran smoothly.” – Jessica Eskow

Embrace Your Mistakes!

Our panel will discuss projects of their own that have gone awry and how they have learned from their mistakes and pushed through them. Understanding how to fail successfully entails, not just failing, but learning from ones failures, redirecting disappointments and integrating learned lessons into new designs, processes and techniques. John Haggerty points to the old adage that the difference between the master and novice is that the master has logged more failures than the novice has logged attempts.

“It’s important for people to realize that failure is an integral part of learning and growth, especially in the context of making physical objects. You need to put your ‘failures’ into the context of the project you are working on, because more ambitious projects will inherently have more chances to fail, and those failures are where you will learn the most. Wood is the medium with which I create my work. Failure is the medium with which I create my success.” – Ryan Hyde
 This is important for novice makers to understand, not that they might mistakes, but that they will and that is one of the most valuable parts of the experience, both as a maker and as a person.
Join us for Fail Fest Thursday, January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – attendance is free.