an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Well, I use more packing tape than sealing wax and string. But it’s all involved.
I must report that the CGB Email HQ in the mountains of South Lake Tahoe (this is where Kim and Dustin are) is experiencing a snow-induced Internet outage, so we’re still working on emailing all of you lovely pre-order people hello. Once we start, though, watch out, because we won’t STOP.
Give your email the weekend to get through, let me know Monday if you didn’t hear.
Once we get you all signed up to our email service (and verify your shipping addresses) we’re going to be sending out pre-release patterns (including our Kaleidocycle) from the books to all y’all right up until press time.
Our plan is to start printing at the end of March, and ship the bound books in April. If we slip a bit on that schedule, it won’t be for lack of energy or excitement. As you might imagine, we are each still having insights, some of them empowering, some disabling, but we are used to it now and are simply soldiering forward. The work is beautiful, and I’m so happy and proud about Dustin and Karen’s drawings, about the genius work that’s been sent in for photography, about Kim’s art direction and beading skill, about the new ideas we continue to have.
Mostly, my mind is just blown as I look at our body of work, and see that I can start almost any one of these pieces off of the edge of any other one of them. Even (perhaps especially) the simple triangle at the bottom right.
I love working on the Pattern Book & Coloring Book. The ideas are so simple and clean. If you make just one Exploding Set, you have a start for anything else in the book, even one of those insanely complex Rick-Racks or Fortuneteller Bangles.
Making the big Hypar or Triangle takes a bit of meditative time, but there isn’t any pesky counting. Or thinking. They are just simple progressions, one colour per round. It’s beautiful to be so elegantly constrained, to have such powerful information to convey but such a simple framework on which to speak.
I remember when Dustin and I blew apart our first Exploding Hypar Set. We were in a Mexican restaurant in Tucson, and the thing was big, you know, at four inches per side, it filled our hand. He wore a yellow hard hat.
We had built it with hot red round Detonation Points, circa CGB 2015, because we didn’t yet know that we could SNIP at the increases and get the same beautiful result.
We did the first thing I ALWAYS still do when I Explode a Hypar. We look around for the missing piece. I swear that they are all there. The warped square is under such tension that the biggest pieces don’t look so big when they are all connected. Once you take the form apart, you can see what a huge difference there is between pieces.
And even with Triangle Sets (this one has crazed Arrow clones coming off of the points!) the starter center pieces look so small once they’ve birthed their sets.
Small but mighty.
Well, anyway. We’re working! And you’ll hear from us soon.
Here is a nice little raw video from one of our MIT sessions last year, snipping apart a Triangle Set. This is a pretty pattern, hmm? I’ll have to look up whose this was – I think it might have been Monia’s; I see UV-reactive beads in there!