an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
NEW BOOK! • NEW SEED BEAD SUMMIT: June 1-10, Tucson, AZ
I’m pleased to announce that the third volume of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork is in progress now, and surprise, surprise, I think you could call it a PATTERN BOOK and not be exaggerating. Why patterns? Because you asked for them, and I love you, and I have time now, and also because I’m interested in bringing in another wave of new beaders, including beginners. I love this project, really love it, and am nowhere near finished making it into a whole.
I’m working on new pieces, keeping track, filming video.
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During production of the first two books, I often thought that there was a window to die a loser (before I published, because I had $75,000 of other people’s money invested in my success) or a hero (if I made it through the gate with a book worth the wait). That was a terrible feeling, really. A lot of pressure, a lot of worry about how people would get their money back if I died saving Han Solo from a burning aircraft.
This time, I’m not taking pre-orders for the new book, because I just can’t deal with the accounting and volume of email. I’m muscling through it on my own.
So my summary: working on a book under pressure, no fun. But finishing a book, that’s the best feeling in the world. So this one will be doubly rewarding, because when I finish it, I can also take orders for it. Honestly, I’ve never been able to work like this before and it’s the BEST THING EVER.
To support the creation of the project, I’ll be doing metalsmithing, and making special kits – twelve of them, one for each month I expect to be in creation. The first one is in the Shop now, an Architectural Flower kit on a Zigged Band ($140) that encourages you to make giant flowers for brooches, fascinators or focals, but of course can be used to make flowers of any size. Make 20 rings, three big flowers, whatever. You can’t lose. Especially since we will invite you to send your flowers in for professional photography, and to walk the runway in San Diego, at the August 15th Glitterganza in San Diego, at the Mingei Museum.
If you just want the digital versions of the so-far released patterns, no beads, the price is $25 each, and they are available at this link. Currently you’ll find digital editions of the Mowgli Bangle (Karen Beningfield and Kate McKinnon) and the Architectural Flower kit.
I’m also hosting another Seed Bead Summit. This one will be June 1-10, 2o15. Soon!
Sign up here, or, if you want to participate virtually, and you are a Facebook user, click “Going” on our event to get updates, live streams, and YouTube broadcasts of the presentations. If you don’t do Facebook, just be sure you are subscribed to this blog (Follow buttons at the right and/or in the bottom sidebar) and you won’t miss the links.
I did the first Seed Bead Summit in 2011, to see what a mix of professional beaders and friends might come up with if we were mixed in a ranch house in Tucson and left to rise for four days. The participants included Dustin Wedekind, Jean Power, Gabriella van Diepen, Jeroen Medema, Teresa Sullivan and Marcia DeCoster. Dustin, Jean and I ended up beginning the CGB project (which was so big that it’s turned into four books so far – two from Jean and two from me), and Christina Vandervlist and Karen Beningfield came on board as illustrators in the two CGB books. (Gabriella also beaded and modeled for the first book, making innovative pieces that riffed on Wings and Horns.)
beadwork Gabriella van Diepen, photo Jeroen Medema
And now it’s time for a third creative whirl to whip up; you are invited to participate physically, online, or by sending in your work for photography (but please wait until I ask for it). The Summit will be open source, like our entire project.
If you want a physical slot here at my house, in June, please reserve it now, or let me know to hold one for you. I want to keep it smallish. Also; this is one link that I don’t want you to forward. I’m not looking for a lot of people. Or random people. I’m looking for the people who are already looking for me. Do you know what I mean?
People who like mystery, who like to work, who have questions, who love being outdoors, who love to go completely nerdy about nuances in beading, in architecture, in structure.
Is that you?