Well, that’s it. Six months of work and today we polished the panels and have handed them over to our tame glaziers (actually our husbands/handymen/builders) to install them in the space provided. Yes there is still the official VIP unveiling to attend; the media coverage and photos from that to exclaim over; and most exciting the grand unveiling to our family, friends and peers at an afternoon celebration. But today marks the culmination of an idea that began as a seed over a year ago, when the possibility of a grant to fund a project was first discussed.
Then the planning, costing, being on the periphery of providing information for the bid writing; not really expecting it to come to fruition. Then the announcement that the project would run: the time-tabling, the advertising, the organising; again I was on the periphery dropping in my two pennies worth on occasion but largely uninvolved in the process.
Then the reality; the first class on 4th january 2017; the teaching; the design planning; the drawing; the design approval; scaling up; creating templates; chosing and ordering glass
And now here we are. Window complete. How do i feel?… Pretty damned emotional actually…..
Privileged, to have been part of such a great community project; to have been entrusted with the design and been afforded the opportunity to teach
Inspired, by the stories, and achievements of those who attended and the personal growth they each have felt
Proud, of the 27 people I have co-taught, who have developed and achieved so much; some who have chosen to stay since the beginning and others who have joined more recently
Joy, at the friendships formed; the community engagement achieved; the memories made and the legacy we have created
Touched; by the gratitude of those we have taught
Exhilarated, by the finished product and the reaction of students, community members and visitors alike throughout the weeks
Positive, about my skills and abilities and what I am capable of creativity in the future
Nervous, that the installation is yet to happen and anything could happen
Tearful, as it comes to an end….
…and a little flat, after all the go, go, go.
But mostly I feel exuberant, in the knowledge that this community project has achieved so much… that it has proved to be far more than the sum of its parts.
What we have as a group produced will continue to be admired, and inspire long after today; and I don’t just mean the 2.5m by 1.5m semi circular, glass window depicting Welsh Legend and local imagery.
There are strong and true friendships that have developed; there are talents that have been uncovered and will continue to develop; micro-businesses that might emerge; there is a whole new community craft group been formed; new goals have been set; new plans have been made; horizons have been expanded; confidences have been built…..
What an inspirational bunch of people.
thank you all xxxx