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MIT and Boston: CGB Open Studio in January

Hello to you lovely, energetic and questing beading friends, colleagues and observers.

I am happy to invite you to visit our last CGB work session before we go to press: the MIT IAP Open Studio classroom we are hosting on campus January 7 – Feb 1. You can come in person or join our live streams online.

January 7, 2019:  Opening Lecture, EXHIBIT, and workshop signups
Art, Architecture and and Models of Hyperbolic Energy
Stata Center, Lecture Hall 34-101
11 AM – NOON

Gehry O Rama MIT

We’ll post live links here when the session is up on the MIT web site next week.

After the MIT session closes on Feb 2, we’ll send the new books to the press  and the CGB project will officially be ended. Of course the work will continue… more on this soon.

I welcome you all enthusiastically as we test our new shortcuts, threadpaths, and hyperbolic forms. This is also the very last chance to create pieces for publication, or to send work for our ending runway show on MIT campus on Friday, February 1, 2019.

If you come on January 7 you can hear our opening lecture in person and see a beautiful exhibit of work from our team. Our opening day will be on the ground floor of the Stata Center, the Frank Gehry confection at the heart of campus. There will be time before and after the lecture to talk to me or stay and work with us, and on that day we will begin signups for our Open Studio slots as well – there are days available for you to come most Tuesdays-Fridays in January.


A folded Energetic Form by Kate


If you join us during IAP Open Studio, it’s a bit like sitting in the exit row of the airplane, because you will be present as a part of our team, and this means that we will rely on you to help us test our new patterns and to welcome and teach basics to the MIT people who come through our door. It really helps new beaders to sit next to someone who can help them make their first triangle, Warped Square, or Hyperdisk.

The reason that MIT created the IAP term is so that their students, faculty and staff have a chance to stretch their minds, learn a hobby, or pursue independent ideas, and it’s a chance to bring unusual people outside of academia to campus to teach. We cherish our nerdy beaders, and this is a wonderful chance to attract and encourage new minds to join us. Big thanks to MIT for having us back.

The wrap-up lecture will be on the first Friday in February, and it will be in the same room as the opening lecture. After lecture, we will have activities on campus that day as the weather permits.

Things are crazy here right now as we careen to the end of this beautiful time. Thank you all for your wonder and patience and oh, oh, just wait. I’m so excited to show you the end result of all of this work, from all of these hands and minds.

Please email me at if you are local to the Boston-Cambridge area and you want to participate in these activities as a part of the team in the timeframe Jan 7 – Feb 1.

Kate McKinnon Ingrid Wangsvik Geier Wally and Joke Van Beisen at STATA MIT Oct 2017

Ingrid Wangsvik, Claudia Furthner, Joke van Biesen and Kate McKinnon outside the Stata Center at MIT in 2018

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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.

18 comments on “MIT and Boston: CGB Open Studio in January

  1. Kathy Corpuz
    January 2, 2019

    I would love to join you there! I will join via livestream. Congratulations on your achievements!

  2. Janet Sherman
    January 1, 2019

    I may have to choose between Jan 7 and Feb 1. Do you have a recommendation?
    Do I have to be physically present to sign up for an open workshop?

    • katemckinnon
      January 2, 2019

      No, you can come for either lecture, and I will have Open Studio signups here on site after the first lecture.

      • Janet Sherman
        January 2, 2019


  3. Marie BENOIT
    January 1, 2019

    Oh I am so exited tu see about your recherche I am still waiting 😍😍😍😍😍

  4. sewfastdesign
    December 31, 2018

    Sounds brilliant!!! We’ll be there in Spirit from the West Coast…celebrating along with you. Bead on!

  5. Linda Beth Neustifter
    December 30, 2018

    Are books I and II being reprinted? I would rather have a printed book than a digital download. Is it possible to order all three books?

    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2018

      Hi, Linda! I have been back and forth on that issue; I am working on setting them up for on-demand printing. So many things have changed since then technically that I don’t feel right about reprinting them as is.

  6. Debby Schaefer
    December 30, 2018

    So happy for you that this fabulous book is almost complete♥️. The suspense has been quite a trip! I’m excited to have the finished project in my hands!!!

  7. Kat Oliva
    December 30, 2018

    On my way!

  8. Danielle McElroy Brown
    December 30, 2018

    Very interested in the live streams. Do I check in at the book website?

  9. diansdeeds
    December 30, 2018

    How do I get on the live stream Jan. 7th?

  10. Sharon Manewitz
    December 30, 2018

    This is such exciting news. Thank you soooooo much for this invitation/announcement. It is going to be amazing. Hope you’re feeling better and that your recovery is complete. I hope to see you in Boston. I do want to attend the lecture on Jan. 7.

  11. cathirosengrenart
    December 30, 2018

    Books to the press?? Lol


    • katemckinnon
      December 30, 2018

      Books, actually, all three of them, and yes. Finally!

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