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

A wonderful press release from Arts At MIT, on our Monday lecture at the MIT Stata Center.

Spread the word – all are invited! Thanks to everyone at MIT, Harvard and the Cambridge Library for being so welcoming.

Monday, October 12, 2-4 pm Stata Center, room 32-123
Kate McKinnon: Contemporary Geometric Beadwork: Open source innovation in an ancient field
Open to the public

Kate Kate McKinnon is in Boston this week with her award-winning open-source Contemporary Geometric Beadwork project, and has scheduled an open-door lecture at the MIT Stata Center on Monday, October 12th, from 2-4 p.m. She will be speaking on the forms that she and her global team are building out of tiny units of sewn glass. Their project spans 30 countries, has over 20,000 participants (all connected through social media) and has made significant new contributions to the ancient field of sewn beadwork. All of the work is wearable as jewelry.

Their surprising forms combine strategies and structures found in the basic building blocks of life; their cloning machine for replicating strands of glass mimics RNA; their threadpaths DNA. The work itself combines practices and forms found in architecture, mathematics, classical geometry, digital manipulation and modelling (each tiny glass bead stands in for a pixel or a data point) and plays on forms and ratios found in all of nature.

Collaborations are ongoing or in planning with the MIT Media Lab, CSAIL robotics, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Savannah College of Art & Design, and the team is designing a series of public art projects and working with a variety of artists and scientists around the world. They are interested in any potential overlaps with other fields or disciplines.

This inquisitive team of artists will be fielding questions, demonstrating forms and talking about the unexpected success of an open source format in a field that has not traditionally welcomed the concept of freely shared information.

It’s short notice, but don’t miss this one!

Gehry O Rama MIT

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.

5 comments on “A wonderful press release from Arts At MIT, on our Monday lecture at the MIT Stata Center.

  1. Cate Evans
    October 12, 2015

    Hi Kate … What ‘s the chance of your posting this exciting talk up onto You Tube , Vimeo , or any other way we can partake and enjoy from afar ? Am holding my breath …..

  2. ralpholiva
    October 11, 2015

    you go, Kate!

  3. jensee
    October 11, 2015


  4. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    October 11, 2015

    Wonderful press release! Congratulations, Kate!

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