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MIT IAP Schedule

We are so pleased to be invited back to MIT for the January term to show our work.
We welcome you to join us and help show MIT students and faculty how we make Hypars and Hypers, and basic peyote-stitched forms, and to help test the patterns and pages from our new books, heading to press after these sessions.

Here is our schedule. Please note that Open Studio times are the last two weeks of the month, and our lecture room is now 34-101, right on Vassar Street.

You can park in the Stata Center garage, if you drive. If you come in for the first lecture and want to stay for a few days to work with us, we welcome you. Most of our team coming in are arriving around January 14th.

CGB at MIT IAP 2019 poster.png

Please stop in if you are in the Boston area! Our goal is to engage ever more curious people in the arts, sciences and engineering to take a deeper look at what simple models can teach about geometry, the Universe and the architecture of the world around us.

In the last two weeks of the month we will also be staging live exhibits, taking tables in Stata and the Infinite Corridor to teach folding, and walking runway shows of our work around campus.

The last lecture on Feb 1 will be a bit of a party, and we have the room all day.

Feel free to forward, post, or print our poster!

PDF versions: cgb at mit iap 2019 poster

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

8 comments on “MIT IAP Schedule

  1. Sue Gilliam
    January 9, 2019

    About using the Stata Garage … I tried to park there Monday and was flat out rejected … Said it was a private garage and had no knowledge of the CGB goings on? Will this be case when I come back on Tuesday?

    • katemckinnon
      January 10, 2019

      Ha! – they wouldn’t know who WE are in any case.
      I thought Stata had public parking as well as faculty and staff, many sorries.

  2. Sally Lamore
    January 6, 2019

    Wondering if anyone has attempted with any of the hundreds of new beads out there , I had a moment where I thought this was a possible specimen, perhaps one day !
    I second the “WOW!” !

  3. bevmire
    January 4, 2019


    I’m the chair of the board for Cambridge Community Television, and I write for their online Cambridge News. May I post this on our calendar, and use the poster as a graphic?

    I can’t even remember how I found you, but I’m a beginner and have made a (admittedly flawed) kaleidocycle, and will slowly explore constructing other machines.

    If you’d prefer I didn’t mention it, no worries. In any case, I hope to stop by the open studio.

    Beverly Mire

    • katemckinnon
      January 4, 2019

      Oh, I think it would be wonderful for you to include it on your calendar, thanks Beverly!

      The only thing to do is make it clear that the session is for the benefit of the MIT community, so those who come to Open Studio will come as part of our team, and so outside-MIT people should be prepared to help beginning beaders get started making say, a flat peyote triangle or something very easy.

      This Join Our Team method is our way of accommodating the purpose of IAP, and also including the wider beading community. We have room for all.

      We will have small materials kits to get people started that are free to the MIT community, and at a very small cost to our guests in the community. If people want to bring their own beads, we mostly use Delica or other cylinder beads in size 11, and rounds in size 11 and 15. Round beads in size 11 work too, but do not give sharp planes.

  4. Cheryl
    January 3, 2019

    Will these sessions be streamed?

    • katemckinnon
      January 4, 2019

      Thanks for asking, Cheryl –
      The lectures certainly, but the open studios will be a bunch of random motions around a room, with people coming and going.
      There will be additional days we will film or stream too, I’m sure. We will do it live when we can, and put it up on YouTube later when we can’t.

  5. Deb Young Benson
    January 3, 2019

    Just Wow!!!

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