an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators


The Beadmobile: It’s rollin.

What’s with the gnomes, fezzes, and rickshaws, you ask?

Well, We just figured that we’d start with the fun stuff, like the Beadmobile (which oddly resembles the Barbie Coach) and the Robert Plant Thinking Skid (a towable version of the CraftTub, porch swing, and flowering vines) and the suite of gnomes and rickshaws we keep on top of the bus, ready to squire visitors around.

We’ve got a stunning poster-sized set of lists: Drawings, Writing, Beading, Photoshoots, Props, CraftTub videos, Guests, Badges and The Seed Bead Summit. And the items on the lists are hilarious.

On the writing list is a set of quizzes to test comprehension at the end of each chapter, and a Backwards Introduction for people who read books from back to front. On the Drawing list: Zippy’s Clownshaw, the rickshaw he pulls when we have extra special guests and Grace Jones as a dancer lamp.  On the Photoshoot list: The Seven Deadly Sins as acted out by Barbie and Ken dolls dressed as Coco and Ice-T and David Bowie and Iman, each with beaded outfits and accessories.

The Beading list has items like fezzes for Ken dolls, a stetson hat for Ice-T, and channels of fabric ribbon sewn onto beaded elements- channels that will hold structural wires, like prosthetic spines. Our list of Badges to make include a beaded rack of antlers, a cross-stitched beaded sampler that says Even Miss Fish Can Do This, and a Battle Ostrich.

Have you ordered your first edition copy yet?

If not, WHY?

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

3 comments on “Beadmobile

  1. Annelie Savetun
    May 8, 2011

    Good luck. Love this.
    I ‘ve just registered to be able to follow the work on the book.
    Need to learn about posts, blogging and stuff like this. I’m a total beginner stucked in the E-mail world …..

  2. manbeader
    May 8, 2011

    And who is driving the bus? David Cassidy and Mr. T!

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