an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
The Contemporary Geometric Beadwork project has something special on the way – an entire pallet of beads donated by the John Bead Corporation from Canada. Here is a link to their blog about the donation.
The materials are for the team to create a series of global exhibits exploring the way beads connect us to knowledge, and relating what we know from contemporary science and beadwork to the messages and understanding stored in ancient patterns and structures.
This summer, as we transition from a team making books to a team making new work, we will be reaching out to ancestral beaders from all over the world to share this gift, and create new work.
This donation was conceived in a time of plenty, but given during a time of uncertainty and instability, and that’s impossibly beautiful. Many of the artists on our team have lost their incomes and some have lost their studio spaces, their ability to buy beads. Jobs and classes and talks and exhibitions have disappeared into thin air. It’s a tough time.
A huge thank you from our team to the entire John Bead company – Mike and Daniel John, Carmi Cimicata, and the packers in the warehouse who put this together for us.
Wave bangle up top beaded by Deb Moon, 2019