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

Bead on!

Dustin and I had a lovely morning talking beads, comparing the beadwork we’ve done apart, planning the kits for the Funnel Web rings, and making lists of our next beading and illustration projects. I just can’t even TELL YOU how gorgeous and comprehensive this book is going to be, and how many surprises there will still be, even for people who have been following the blogs and the beading. There has never been a beady book like this, each of us who are contributing feel like we are trying to leave a legacy that sums up essentially a lifetime of work. It’s an amazing honour to be able to work with so many talented people, to count them as friends, to freely share our ideas and our hopes with each other. It’s just… indescribable.

If you’ve been lucky enough to have times in your life where you are in communion with likeminded people who have also worked hard to understand their materials or their subject, and enjoy exploring the nuances of the work, the subject doesn’t matter, it’s the same kind of joy.

The feeling of having put in the work, and come to a point where you can take an overview, and have original ideas, and have some understanding not only of what has been done but what hasn’t… well, it’s just a nerdy kind of bliss.

Have you pre-ordered yet? The videos start rolling in July and August, and are going to be available free to the pre-order folks. They’ll be sold separately as online classes after publication.

(cross posted at Kate’s blog)

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.

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