an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good morning from Boston.
It’s beautiful here, a cool morning that speaks of a coming season change. The birds are very busy outside the windows, and I am very busy inside mine. Happily I can see outside from every room: MIT from the kitchen, the Hancock and the Prudential buildings from my writing desk.
I love it here on the East Coast.
I love my possibilities, our new work, our final decisions about our new books. It’s so exciting that although we are finishing one phase of the project, so many new ideas have opened in our minds, our hands. It is an endless exploration of humans, making shapes with beads and fiber.
I’ve been looking back through my photographs from the past ten years of CGB.
Remember this poster? I still have about a hundred of them, and I’ll put them in the Shop when we re-open it soon.
Apologies that it’s been so long since I have written an update here. You may know that I was hit by a car while walking in May.
It was pretty bad – I was crossing a street and the car was going fast. The accident fractured my left knee and sent me flying. I landed on my head, and it was intense, but so am I. Twelve weeks later, here I am and I’m going to be OK. I had to learn to walk again, which was good for my character. But now I can run.
In early July, when I could make it down the stairs and to the end of the block again, I started calling Ubers to drive me to the tennis courts. I channeled my inner Bruce Lee (which is luckily only a few microns down) and I played leaning hard on one crutch. I never fell down or got hurt, so in retrospect it was a fabulous decision. I became legendary on the MIT courts for sheer cussedness, and a few other people maybe worked harder themselves when they realized how much of their potential they weren’t using.
I haven’t posted anything much online since it happened; the impact was big enough that it actually knocked me right out of myself. I regret not being able to really share much about the CGB team retreat we had here in Boston in July; about 10 of us got together from all corners of the world to take a hard review of our innovations, our decisions, our techniques, and see if there was any way we could still become… simpler.
It was an incredible meeting of the minds, and in fact we found several new good things, and just in time. It was expanding, destroying, beautiful, and was just right for me. I was so grateful to see them all, to be immersed in discovery again.
I couldn’t bead, read or write while I was injured, and this was a great sorrow to me. I didn’t know why I couldn’t do anything (probably because of the whack to my head) but I could definitely think and process.
I will be back with you soon, and thank you all for the many thoughts, acts, and words of kindness that came through while I was recovering. Just a bit more patience, and I’ll show you something amazing.