an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
In preparation for the publication of the upcoming CGB Pattern Book, we’re currently exploring a suite of mathematical models and machines to see which ones we can take into beaded, dimensional forms.
The piece below is an evolution of a hexaflexagon, and it’s called a Kaleidocycle. It’s made out of 24 peyote triangles, sewn together into a three or more sets of mirror tetrahedra. When the machine turns, it shows four distinct faces. The faces turn on themselves on clever opposing hinges (a classic engineering device called a Bricard linkage, after mathematician Raoul Bricard) and present a series of kaleidoscopic designs.
Video and beaded Kaleidocycle by Kim Van Antwerp, art director for the CGB Project.
Music: Chico Hamilton, ‘A Trip’
If you’d like to make your own, start thinking triangles and tetrahedrons, and we will be back with you soon with beautiful patterns. You can build your cycle from a flat net (ones made for folding work reasonably well) or build tetrahedra individually and assemble them into mirror sets.
And don’t forget the noble Warped Square or Hypar… this is the start of a beautiful project by Kate McKinnon and Kim Van Antwerp. Many patterns and more machines coming soon.