I was absolutely thrilled when they accepted my very first submission for a Mixed Media event there, and over-the-moon when an image of "The Guardian" graced the promotional email that I received for the show.
I visited the VAE on the opening night of the show, and I still remember my excitement at seeing my piece on display. A month later, a bit disappointed that it hadn't sold, I returned to retrieve my creation.
Imagine my surprise, when halfway home on US Highway 1, I heard a thud from the backseat. I glanced in the rearview mirror, and quickly realized that my masterpiece had lost his head. Literally! Apparently the generous quantity of E-6000 that I'd used to attach it had reached it's limit. After my laughter subsided, and I phoned a friend or two with the news, an overwhelming sense of gratitude overcame me.
Gratitude for the experience. Gratitude that the head only rolled onto the floorboard of my own car and not onto the floor at The VAE, or worse yet onto the floor at a collector's home!
Lesson learned. I stayed away from E-6000 for years as a result, and I learned a variety of other cold connection techniques that would ensure a more secure future for the work of my hands.
My approach to chemical adhesives has softened a bit through the years. I use it judiciously now. Often it remains unseen, as it serves its function as a temporary bond while an alternative and more secure connection is made.
The moral of my story, "It's OK to lose your head, as long as you learn from the experience."