an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Ingrid Wangsvik, Claudia Furthner, Joke van Biesen and Kate McKinnon outside the Stata Center at MIT in 2018