an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Open Studio: Tuesday-Friday, Jan 15-31, 10-5 each day. Building 26, Room 322
Final Lecture: Friday, February 1, Building 34, ground floor auditorium 34-101
(both lectures will be uploaded to YouTube; we had a technical hitch with the Jan 7 video file, but it should be sorted soon.)
I’ve been thinking with deep respect of how many of us there are now beading together and freely sharing ideas.
We’re in the hundreds of thousands now, and spread all around the world. The forms we are making are all brand new to beadwork, and this is not nothing, as humans have been doing beads for over 300,000 years.
In that context, the geometric ideas seem very meaningful. We are touching deep chords, and the information seems to be in front of us, insisting on expressing in our minds and hands. It will not leave us until we understand it at the most fundamental levels: waves, frequencies and potential.
I feel lucky to be part of the unfolding, as the ideas of a geometrically driven universe are flowering in all fields. On the beadwork team, our materials are so perfect for making these structures. Many of our forms are not only like the Universe, they are suitable models.
Joke van Biesen
It’s been a busy time here in Boston, as I am part of two teams at the IAP term – the beading and origami team (CGB) and a science team (Advanced Propulsion). The teams will overlap like helixes or HyperDiscs for the rest of the month.
The science team had two lectures this week, and each of them were amazing. There are 35 topics on the list, all of them outrageous, and each time we sit down together there will be new people in the room, new ideas flowing.
As with most of our gatherings, we start slowly and spin up. This week, Susannah Thomson is in town from Bristol, England, and she will be here also to overlap with the first week of the activities at MIT. Next week, the extended CGB team begins arriving from all over, and by the end of the month we will be a huge crowd, filling the final auditorium.
People arrange themselves in these gatherings, we find. They come in and out at seemingly random times, but never fail to make a coherent whole. Susannah is often an impetus for new thought or an instigator of Actions, so it’s no surprise to me to find that she is here early in the process, as she was with her Kaleidocycle.