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Kate McKinnon’s talk at the Mingei Museum, San Diego, August 15th 2015

If you’d like to see the talk, we recorded it with my IPhone.
It’s not high cinematography, but I hope you enjoy it!

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

12 comments on “Kate McKinnon’s talk at the Mingei Museum, San Diego, August 15th 2015

  1. Shobha Kunder
    September 10, 2015

    What a lovely surprise to see my bangle on the Facebook cover.

    Thank you Kate for making my day. And a heartfelt thanks to everyone who like my work, comment on it and enjoy it. A huge thank you to all of you for inspiring me. I love all your work.

  2. Shobha
    August 26, 2015

    Hi Kate, I sent you an email last evening. I don’t have a facebook account so this website and the email is the only way to get in touch with you. 🙂

    It’s so inspiring to see so much creativity all around us. 🙂 Love your work.

    • katemckinnon
      August 26, 2015

      Thanks, Shobha! I appreciate you staying in touch and email is just fine for those who don’t use Facebook.

  3. Susan
    August 25, 2015

    Kate, just finished watching and I must say your talk is amazing. Bi have completed many of the ideas. They are so fun. But the talk brings the work alive. Thank you so much for making it open source. Love, love, love the entire project.

  4. Susan
    August 24, 2015

    Hi Kate. Thanks for posting the video. I seems to be having trouble viewing. It said to sign in so I am giving that a try. Best regards. The work is awesome and I love the collaborative effort.

    • katemckinnon
      August 24, 2015

      Thanks for letting me know, Susan! I fixed it.

  5. Julie Shear
    August 18, 2015

    Thanks so much, Kate, for giving all of us access to your talk! I enjoyed it very much and you opened my eyes to the possibilities of the exploding sets. I have a much deeper understanding of Vol. !! now. Your reply above to Jessica is full of interesting information also.
    Julie Shear

    • katemckinnon
      August 18, 2015

      Thank you, Julie! I really look forward to seeing what you do with the idea. Please send in photos!

  6. sheila lewis
    August 18, 2015

    I loved the video of your talk. I own volume 1 and 2, and will get #3, I am trying to get the technique down. Many mistakes, and a couple of small victories. I do free form and loom work beading, and feel this more structured variety will open windows of creativity for me.
    Thanks for the intensive hours you have spent, and the on going questions, that have brought about such wonderful pieces and inspiration for others. Great job!!!

  7. Jessica Valiente
    August 18, 2015

    Loved the talk, watched it all the way through. I have the first two books and will get the third. Love seeing the evolution of how the techniques for these diverse projects has evolved. Unfortunately I have not delved in completely as I would like to, experimenting on my own but the things I have done are very satisfying. This project has been amazing and I wish the beading community would embrace more projects like this.

    • katemckinnon
      August 18, 2015

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

      I’m happy to report that the project is being very warmly embraced. At first some were leery of my open-source approach, but I think we can all see that it hasn’t done any harm. It’s just made a pool of new possible ways of working and thinking available to everyone. People who expect every click to turn into money are always going to be disappointed in the way that I roll; that type of thinking doesn’t even enter into my approach.

      As long as it’s good work, I feel that anything we do now in terms of forward motion for CGB has a strong landing pad and a wide audience, and that there is a well of support and hundreds of test beaders and enough book-buyers and a core group of very smart editors. We even a European translator on team now (thanks, Monika!) so we can get the technical sections into French and German. And I have a solid, reliable design team, with people who fluctuate in and out depending on their availablity/inspiration.

      So… it couldn’t be better. The only thing that’s keeping it small or keeping progress slow is that it’s really only me running the show. But with so much great talent on the team, and the revenue that the Pattern Book will bring in (people adore patterns) we can keep a few more people on the web site, the Pattern Library, etc. We aren’t much interested in world domination anyway.

      I suspect and hope that the next three books will come easily; I am going to spend ALL of September working on them every day. And it will be interesting to see the impact of one month of steady layout.

      I appreciate your feedback.
      : )

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