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Greetings, all. Much to tell this week, as we head into one of the busiest times in the history of the CGB project. If you’re interested in the timeline of the new books or in the reprinting of the old books (June) this update will fill you in.
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For those of you who are new to us, welcome. CGB is unusual. We’re an open-source research team (not a business enterprise). We’ve been on a whirlwind tour of discovery since 2010, and we’re about to wrap up our work with: an open-source technical manual, a huge Pattern Book to teach how to make our designs, and an academic textbook.
If you’re on our list for a first edition of the Pattern Book, and you aren’t interested in the process, don’t feel that you have to wait for us! At any time, if you are impatient for the books, just email your receipt for the pre-order to firstname.lastname@example.org, and receive a refund. We don’t mind a bit, and there is a long wait list of bead nerds who are hoping that there will be a few pre-order bundles left over. The book will go for sale again officially as soon as we actually go to press.
We’re very accessible, too. We schedule time online, answering questions or just beng helpful, and we’re reachable on our Facebook page, or over the email. A couple of weeks ago I also started a Live BeadALong online on Facebook on Friday evenings, and for an hour or so I answer questions and do demos. This evening, I’m going to try to cross-post the session, so I should be able to give a link to watch later for those who don’t use social media.
Take a look at what we are still working on for the books. It’s exciting stuff, and almost finished.
INCREASE PATTERNS and TERMINOLOGY
I’m working this month and next with Julia Pretl and Diane Fitzgerald to refine and standardize an open-source illustrated key to describe corners, peaks, valleys, and all of the increases and decreases we use to create them. I’m so appreciative for this joint effort, and plan to include it in all of our books.
This is why I’ve let Volumes I and II run out of print – I wanted to update their Basics sections to include the new starts, and this new beautiful key.
SPINE AND PODCAST STARTS
When Joy Davison discovered the Spine for us last fall, we realized that had we had found a real secret – the specific boundary in our materials between the smallest (and least stable) line and a strong, useful live line that can birth other forms. The turning point turned out to be just one odd move; a Stitch-In-The-Ditch (SITD) pass that put wave information into three flat rows of peyote stitch.
The tail of this piece is just the Spine, lively, energetic.
If you’ve made one, you know how it works – the SITD goes up and down, in and out, and it transforms a loose collection of single units in three unstable lines into a solid four-line wave with a central core and three live lines.
This idea of giving wave information to matter to create a new form or to harness energy is elemental science, and it matches what we see in biology, materials science, and physics.
The Spine and the PodCast are the best ways we know to start anything, and so all of our patterns are being converted to use them to start. Starting from loose beads is like starting a fire by rubbing sticks. It’s good to know how, but from a practical standpoint it’s better and faster not to have to. Even MRAW (our original start from Volume I) takes too much time, and too much counting.
The Exploding PodCast Set is the best way for people to get the best Spine possible. And we can load it up with all manner of thing. Right now, we’re working open-source to get the best two basic sets, and then we’ll start the new book and the new Basics section with those explosions.
BRIDGES MATH CONFERENCE
This summer, we’re also taking a team of nine to the Bridges Math Conference in Linz, Austria, and right now we are finalizing our submissions for their fashion show. I’m proud to say that 16 of our pieces have already been accepted into the show gallery and will be published in the conference proceedings.
This is wonderful for us, because the way the work overlaps with math and science is what we are all about – and this is the first time architectural beadwork will have made a real showing at that gathering, so we’re extra-happy about it.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BEAD WITH US FOR THE FASHION SHOW, WE NEED YOU! (everyone who contributes will be credited)
1) NOVA SCOTIA RETREAT (email Sam about this: email@example.com)
Join the late June retreat in Nova Scotia with the wonderful Sam Norgard, professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sam is art-directing several of our submissions, and you can take part in the retreat and join. I’ll be participating too, but perhaps not in person (we are moving to DC at that time). Sam is an amazing artist. Her colour sense will knock your socks off, and she is one of the best craftspeople I know.
There are nearby AirBnBs and hotels, etc. for anyone wishing.
Cost is $1450 and includes seven nights of accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Dinners are not included.
The studio will be open from 9 am – 9 pm.
A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your seat.
Below, an incredible Power Puff – Beadwork and colour design by Sam,
architecture by Jean Power.
2) BEAD WHERE YOU ARE
We’ll have a couple of big pieces (like a dress covered in butterflies) that we will be asking for help with.
More info on this soon. This week, we are sketching/writing.
Hugs to all, and back into it I go. See you tonight if you are BeadALonging with us on Facebook.