an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Lots of work ongoing… books soon!

Hello from the HyperLooping chapter of the upcoming CGB Pattern Book. This is our last chapter, and I hope you can see why we could not leave these beauties behind; they were the Missing Link that helps put the Exploding Sets, the PodCast Bead and the Casting Spine into perspective.

In fact, the HyperDisc is the third Exploding Set, as it turns out, and how badly we needed it. Just like Casting Spines; we didn’t know until we did, and then it was important. If you haven’t seen these yet, hang tight. We have some real surprises for you, including magnificent Hyper-pieces from Karen Beningfield, Claudia Furthner, Ingrid Wangsvik, and the community who beaded with us in January in Boston.

Joke van Biesen Hyperbolic Bangle

Above, a hyperbolic bangle by Joke van Biesen, the Netherlands, made during MIT IAP 2019

I did succeed in recording the final lecture at MIT (and it was live-streamed on our Facebook page) and it will be up on this site and on our YouTube Channel when we get a bit more added to it – Joke van Biesen’s incredible morphing surfaces and a few more pieces and ideas that we didn’t have time for in the lecture. So far we’ve had tens of thousands of people tune into it via the live feed, and it will be fun to see it travel again next week when the final version is put up.

For now, please enjoy a few photos that traveled through my camera and hands in the last days, headed for the books.
Joke van Biesen Lorentz Manifold web

Above, a hyperbolic manifold by Joke van Biesen, the Netherlands
Below, the hexagonal center of a larger piece in progress by Nico Williams. Quebec

Nico Williams hexagon web

Nico Williams Podcast web
Above, a PodCast bead by Nico Williams. Quebec, made during IAP 2019
Below, an irregular Rick-Rack Bangle growing off of a PodCast Bead via Helix Loops by Joy Davison

Rick Rack from PodCast Joy Davison web


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.

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