CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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cycles, updates

Beady greetings from a snowy Boston!

We’re still a few months from going to press with the Pattern Book (thank you for your continued patience) but things are moving quickly now. It’s wonderful, thinking of finally being able to share these years of work.

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May I dazzle you with a beautiful simple Kaleidocycle by Claudia Furthner, beading from Austria? This one is done in size 10 cylinder beads.

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Isn’t it wonderful? The photos are all of the same piece at different points in turning inward or outward. It’s made from 24 Flat Peyote Triangles, which join up into three sets of mirror Tetrahedra. We’ll share this pattern publicly as soon as it’s graphed.

In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it yet, we have a nice pattern for a Kaleidocycle in our Pattern Library, if you want to try making one. The pattern posted was our first team sketch showing hinges, and was done by Dustin Wedekind and Kim Van Antwerp. It will be in the book, along with Claudia’s and a suite of other machines and assembly methods.

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Schedule note: I’ll be at the Martin Gardener mathematics conference in Atlanta this April, showing our Cycles and Machines, and demonstrating new concepts from the project. It’s kind of perfect, as Doris Schattschneider (who co-created the Esher Kaleidocycles origami book that got us all beading these) is actually a featured guest speaker. It will be fun to show her where her book took us. Thanks much to Gwen Fisher for inviting me to go!

Look also for a preview from the new books in the June issue of Perlen Poesie magazine. We’re working with their team now to present one of our Flying Triangles (which feature a technique we began exploring this fall, inserting pre-made Hypars/Warped Squares into slits opened along peyote increases). The piece in the magazine is by Joke Van Biesen, beading from the Netherlands.

Summer news soon!

 

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 katemckinnon.com or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

8 comments on “cycles, updates

  1. Terry
    March 1, 2018

    First day of Spring it will be here soon I hope ! ; .)

  2. Sherri Rogers
    February 24, 2018

    So Exciting!!!!!!! I just made a wonderful butterfly from the pattern by Jay Dee. Used the traditional monarch colors on that one but now have one started in Hot Pink and Vibrant Purple!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love and Miss YOU!!!!!

  3. Cath Thomas
    February 23, 2018

    oh my, that Kaleidocycle by Claudia!!! what a depth! It really is a cycling kaleidoscope! sublime! How I wish to be at that talk where you will meet the co-author of the book about Escher’s work. That’s just so awesome!

  4. Joyce Dall'Acqua Peterson
    February 23, 2018

    Consider me dazzled! Best beady wishes going your way!

  5. Kathy Sherman
    February 22, 2018

    Soooo exciting! I canโ€™t wait!๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Maureen Boylan
    February 22, 2018

    Ooh!! Thanks so much!!!
    MCB

  7. bluesglass
    February 22, 2018

    Hello and thank you for the update My address has changed and I don’t know how to update it I don’t want to miss out on the new book Please advise, Thank you Paige

    On Feb 22, 2018 4:32 PM, “CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK” wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Beady greetings from a snowy Boston! We’re still a > few months from going to press with the Pattern Book (thank you for your > continued patience) but things are moving quickly now. It’s wonderful, > thinking of finally being able to share these years of work” >

    • katemckinnon
      February 23, 2018

      Any and all address changes can be emailed to me at kate@katemckinnon.com, and we will also be doing a postcard mailing before we ship, checking for bad addresses or moves.

      Best!
      Kate

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