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Good morning from Boston, possibly before a snowstorm.
We have a small core team here working on the final HyperLoops and Casting Spines for the book, and local beaders, MIT students, guests, and faculty who drop in and out as they wish. We are folding origami in paper and doing beading.
(Building 26 is long, low, with greenish windows, just west of the Stata center inward to campus. An easy way to enter is from the area of 30 Vassar. Use your phone to find it.)
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above, a Warped Square Exploding Set drawing from Dustin Wedekind
All of our first ideas about Exploding Sets seem additionally profound now in the face of the most powerful Exploding Set of all, the HyperDisc. A couple of really fun progressions have been added to the Pattern Book, like making teeny-tiny Podcast Beads and starting huge HyperDiscs from them.
I look forward to showing you what this one looks like off of it’s tiny starter. I’ll be taking photos of it today, for that last chapter. Huge thanks to Joy Davison, Claudia Furthner and Karen Beningfield for conceiving and furthering these Loops and Discs and Cycles.
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This week, Susannah Thomson and I welcomed a lot of new MIT kids to our room, and into town flew Nico Williams, Franklin Martin, Sam Norgard and Kat Oliva.
We’ve had fun with the local beaders, too, many from the Guilds and bead societies have stopped in to have a day with us.
In coming days we are expecting more fun with amazing people like Diane Fitzgerald, Aurelio Castano and Edwin Batres, Ursula Raymann, Joke van Biesen, Sheila Prose and… you?
Let me know.
Next week we start origami and beading demos in the hallways, school visits, and a bit of video to share of our new forms.
A note on our Lorenz Butterfly mimics, for those who are making them: Thinking about their circular features, and how to show them, many of us have been motivated to use clear beads and coloured thread to have more control about the visual experience of the plots.
Remember… coloured thread can be used -after- the HyperDisc is assembled with white or clear thread and clear seed or cylinder beads….