Firsts and Lasts

The Broken Hill lasts are starting.  With only a month remaining here in this town I have grown to love, I am experiencing the This is the last time I will…. phase.  DSCN1493Sunday was my last class as a resident teacher and it has to be said that I have been spoiled here.  I reckon that my students on Broken Hill are up there with the best. They are so enthusiastic, committed, encouraging, brave(!) and patient.  We have lots of fun, lots of laughs and I am constantly inspired by what they make.

I try to make my classes enjoyable for those who like to learn a technique AND forDSCN1488 those who would just love to finish something. And preferable wear it! And underneath it all is my passionate conviction that each and every one of us is creative. Each class member receives a little card with a hand written message about creativity (selected by the universe!) and we share these at the start.  So often, people have said that a message was spot on for them.  (Read what gorgeous Deb said about her message from Neil Gaiman* here).

DSCN1476Last week we had a bloke come to the Fantastic Fold class (with Lamingtons!) and he produced a very fetching snake, cufflinks, a brooch to be and a room full of admirers.  The rest of us made bracelets, cuffDSCN1472 bangles and a wide array of beads.

My regulars wanted to learn how to make little figures like some of my Ladies of Colour and that was what we did yesterday. It was the first time I had taught these to this group.  To any group!  They produced gorgeous girls of colour, verve and chutzpah, just like them! Because it was my last class here for a while we finished with champers and nibbles.  Thanks to the ever patient Ian for kicking us off and so faithfully letting me in so I didn’t ever have to set off alarms.  (I have DSCN1486done this in the past and consequently have a wee phobia about.)

These Broken Hill polymeristas have so much drive, talent and a sense of fun so I do hope that they continue with their addiction. I sense they will!

*Neil Gaiman’s words about mistakes are some of my favourites. At least one person gets them each class:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying newDSCN1495 things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

DSCN1490So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.


10 thoughts on “Firsts and Lasts

    1. Wendy Moore

      Thank you gorgeous Marlene! It is an idea that has become a lovley little tradition. Sort of grew from a Word of the Year thing. I also have little clouds with a word on them and people love getting those. One lady has got Forgive three times and was at a a loss who she needed to forgive! Realised it may have been herself. Yu know the mad rush it alsways is to get to a class too so it is nice to have a settling in ritual! Big hugs from here Marlene!

  1. Deb Hunt

    Wow, wish I’d been there to share in that incredibly colourful final class! You’re a wonderful teacher Wendy and you do realise we’re all going to follow you to Canberra, don’t you? Might have to wait until the temperature reaches double digits though… x

    1. Wendy Moore

      Well I am hoping that you will all visit! We have had several gleeful emails and texts from people pointing out Canberra’s temperatures. I am sure I will develop a love of Winter Woolies. Always loved my thermals anyway! Lovely, inspiring students make teaching much easier. I have been lucky. You would know what this last month is like Deb. Such a mix of emotions. Much love, Wendy

  2. Kate Gilson

    Make new mistakes…beautiful. I shall add this to my parenting mantra and living life to its fullest affirmations. In the midst of making the mistake (an allowing it to be seen = this will be my challenge) is vunerability, in the vunerabilty lies courage. Thank you 🙂

    1. Wendy Moore

      Ah Kate, mero bahini, tapaiko saathi Caterina and I have many a conversation about vulnerability. Mistakes. Openness. She sent me a quote which I took to Nepal last time and it has been so apt. It was about finding courage and the space between breaths….I have found those spaces very important. We fly by the seat of our pants as parents don’t we? I look at my grand daughter ( Am I over the joy of this yet? Not really and she is 8 months old) and think how resilient kids are if my two turned out so well in the face of extraordinarily FBTSOOP parenting! What a rich experience you and Dave are giving your little ones, and perhaps that most important lesson of vulnerability, openness and the value of making mistakes! Thank you for reading!

  3. Pamela Parr

    I am sure there will be many ‘lasts’ as well as a few tears before you leave Broken Hill but then you will move on to all your ‘Firsts’ in Canberra,

    I have at last got an internet connection back in my home it only took 80 days! ! ! to get a technician out
    to fix it,

    1. wendy Post author

      I was only without for a week and that nearly drove me mad! 80 days! We have arrived Pam. Boy it is COLD!!


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