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Final Model Photoshoot

Final model shoot for the three new CGB books
January 28, Philadelphia, with Kyle Cassidy!

If you’ve made geometric or architectural beadwork that you think we should consider photographing that day, please read the end of the post to see what we are looking for, and then email me at to talk about shipping the work to me in DC. All artists whose work is shown in any of our books will receive a contributor’s honorarium, listing with contact info in the index, and a complimentary digital copy of the book.

Photos taken may appear in CGB, Volume 3  or the Pattern Book (shipping in April 2020) or the academic textbook (shipping in September 2020)

For this session, the talented Kyle Cassidy will be behind the lens. I’m looking forward to it as it’s been a few years since we’ve done a shoot together. Kyle has been on the CGB project from the beginning – he photographed the lovely Gabriella van Diepen and Trillian Stars for Volumes I and II, and accompanied the team many times to see and photograph the beadwork and the artists.

Here are two shots from New York City, when I spoke at the Fashion Institute of Technology for the Bead Society of Greater New York.

NYC Photoshoot Kyle Cassidy

On the left is Marsha Carlin, wearing her own work (plus a bangle by Betty Abbott) and Joyce Chorbajian, wearing a huge Cellini spiral from Ursula Raymann (inspired by Suzanne Golden).

Below is Trillian Stars wearing a Winged piece by Robin Douglas, and a big Star brooch of mine. These photos appeared in CGB, Volume II, and were shot in the Green Room at FIT.

Trillian Stars wearing Robin Douglas by Kyle Cassidy


Trillian Flower Kate photo Kyle web

We’ve done photoshoots in the radar ball on top of the roof of the MIT Building 54 (!) in the middle of the desert in Arizona, and twice at the Mingei Museum in San Diego.

Dustin and Kate at the San Diego Bead Society, April 2011

Above, Dustin Wedekind and I at the Mingei. Below, Gabriella van Diepen holding an assortment of Dustin’s Cones, and Ocean Tiss, wearing a Gaudi-inspired piece of mine while playing guitar on a rock at Gate’s Pass in Tucson.

Gabriella van Diepen with Cones photo Kyle Cassidy


Ocean Tiss, photo by Kyle Cassidy

If you’d like to submit photos of your work for model photography, please choose dramatic, well-crafted work that is from your own hands and head. Original work can be defined by pattern, colourway or architecture… just be specific about what was from you and what was inspired, so we can be sure and get it right in our descriptions and credits.

Please also choose work to propose that is both visually significant and as unembellished and structural as possible; we want our photographs to celebrate line, colour and form, rather than sparkles, bezels, fringe or ornament. Flat work is certainly an option, such as indigenous or tribal regalia, armbands, hatbands…. and as you can see from the photo of the cones, the work doesn’t have to be wearable to be considered.

Send sample photos (just a few small snaps) to me at, and I’ll arrange with people personally for shipping. CGB will pay return shipping home, and provide labels for USPS Priority Mail shipping to DC (to arrive by Jan 26 at latest).

Rayo and the Barbie Coach web

Above, Rayo Boursier at my place in Tucson, and below, a last shot of Trillian wearing Ursula Raymann in NYC.

Ursula Raymann Cellini on Trillian Stars by Kyle Cassidy 2

All photos Kyle Cassidy, 2010-2016

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.

3 comments on “Final Model Photoshoot

  1. Ann Gilbert
    January 4, 2020

    Thanks for the update. What’s up with the third book? I prepaid but haven’t seen one yet. Anxiously awaiting, Ann Gilbert

    On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 9:55 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Final model shoot for the three new CGB books > January 28, Philadelphia, with Kyle Cassidy If you’ve made geometric or > architectural beadwork that you think we should consider photographing that > day, please read the end of the post to see what we are look” >

  2. aurelio10603
    January 4, 2020

    Hi Kate, I was thinking that I should send you the huge Kaleidocycle that Edwin made last year to be part of the shooting.Let me know. I took these from my phone, sorry for the quality.Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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