James Dyson was on Science Friday this past week and I was surprised by how interesting the interview was (not to mention how dreamy his accent is). He went through 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum. That's one tenacious dude and a great example for all us. There was one exchange where Ira Flatow says, "Failure then is an option. Failure is very important in the inventing business." Dyson replies, "Yes. There's no option. You fail all the time... but failures are interesting if you welcome them and try to understand them and watch them." He goes on to explain that examining our failures helps us learn from them. I couldn't agree more! I've had several failures in my craft studio the past few weeks. Lots of lessons indeed. In hindsight, I wish I'd taken pictures of the failures so I could share them with you (as well as document them for my own future reference). I'll try to do that in the future. For now, I'll share a photo of my current WIPs. With some luck, they'll be completed and ready to list on Etsy in the next week or two.
So what have you tried and failed at recently? Care to share?