an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Greetings, beaders. We are all suddenly in a new world, to be sure. I hope that this finds you well. Our hearts go out to all in grief.
Many are stuck at home now, but not everyone has art supplies. One of the things we will try to do in the next months is to put together some bead kits to donate and send out to people who can’t get what they need.
a BatCycle designed and beaded by Joke Van Biesen
BatCycles are modified Kaleidocycles, architecture Claudia Furthner 2017
Perhaps some of you have heard me say that the books we are finishing now are the last books of our series. This is true. Some efforts are still in process of finishing, but the research team has completed what we set out to do. While we will all continue to bead as a team, my part in leading the project is coming to a close and shipping out the book packages will wrap my tenure.
Our timeline for heading to press with the first of the series remains mid-April, but of course the world has changed a bit and our team cannot gather – and shipping out many thousands of book packages is a team job. Also, all non-essential companies are closed or working with skeleton crews right now, so production schedules will probably slip at the printing house. We print here in the US, on the East Coast.
We will certainly release the digital editions as soon as we complete the edits and syncing, and I expect to have the first book in to you digitally in just a few weeks. I will continue to assess the situation in the next month(s) and keep you posted on when we can expect paper copies.
I am sorry to say I caught the virus and am actually sick and in quarantine (here in DC we had a lot of exposures) but I’m 8 days in and so far I am one of the lucky ones, able to stay at home and work. However, all shipping of beadwork has stopped until our house is in the clear zone. At that time I will begin again to send home all of the work I’ve been studying and showing.
Thank you again to everyone who has participated, sent work, tested ideas, and supported our team. I’ll keep sharing layouts and photos as we go along, and if you have good, clean photographs of pieces we still need to see, or personal comments or questions. email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any direct replies to this post will appear as public comments on the blog.
Hugs, and stay well.
a lovely Winged Bangle by Angie Martin
an exceptional piece by Cliff Swain-Salomon in a layout from Vol III
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below, a Hyperbolic Wave bangle by Joy Davison