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

Introduction to our Cycles Chapter

One of the things that struck me when we first began learning about Kaleidocycles back in 2016 was that these linkages were part of a history of human discovery, and we were late-comers to the party.

As you may know, we offer free access to the technical sections from both of our first books online here on our web site, and we plan to continue that into the future as we release the new books. Cycles in particular seem like something that interest us all; they cross many fields and some of the more interesting linkages also morph into flexagons and surfaces, which have many applications in materials science.

Recently we posted a sneak peek here on this page at the introduction to our new in-process open-source Cycles technical chapter, and we got some fantastic feedback. We’ll be back in this space (and in a fresh post) with an augmented and edited copy for an early release.

In the meantime, we are finishing up the edit process with all of the magnificent other things in the full Cycles chapter. We’ll have a great deal more content to share as we go along in the next few weeks and plan our approach to printing and shipping. It’s an exciting time.

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.

14 comments on “Introduction to our Cycles Chapter

  1. Susan Holmgren
    September 16, 2020

    How very exciting. I can hardly wait for the bead-a-long.

  2. Evelien Zoer
    September 16, 2020

    Reading all this makes me very curious and so excited for the book!

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      And we will be enchanted to see what you do with the new ideas!

  3. Cath Thomas
    September 16, 2020

    I want to thank you for the honor you do me by having me on the first page of this introduction. It makes me very proud.
    It is a beautiful introduction and your writing is spot on – it shows that you really studied everything from top to bottom and inside and out. Beautiful photography and work, and valuable advice, like making small cycles first, and not joining points. As I like to say, they have to remain free in the air like the Matterhorn 😉 I also loved discovering new expressions, your wonderful way of putting names on things, and it really excites the apetite for the more to come.

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      It’s such a joy sharing this time on Earth with you, Cath, and seeing your beautiful, original, forward-facing ideas. Thank you for all that you have contributed to CGB and to my own education.

  4. April Ann Smith
    September 16, 2020

    Kate, what a journey for you personally. Ups and downs and challenges you never dreamed (or feared) might come about. And yet, you and the team managed to grow and find more and more to add to the book. I wish I had found this earlier and understood more of what was happening so I could have contributed by doing a pre-order early on. Soooo amazing what the team and you have brought together.

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      what a kind thing to say, April. We always had enough pre-orders to pay the bills (beads mostly, but also Kim and Dustin’s time). I look forward to the day when the books are in print, and the work is done. There is still a mountain of it to do, but I can see the light at the end now. It’s always so nice to hear that people see what we are trying to do and support us for trying.

  5. katemckinnon
    September 16, 2020

    Thanks all for your reads and comments on social media, email, and here on the blog. Making books takes a huge team (to do it right) and this communal process is how we find typos, refine text, and figure out what we are missing, feel happy that people love the pages, all of the things. I am glad to hear positive comments on the photography, it’s something I really love doing.

    I’ll pop up new versions of the PDFs later today, after I add in some of the suggestions, corrections and comments. This is my favorite part of the process, I have to say. That and staring at the pretty pictures.

  6. Beth Carroll
    September 16, 2020

    Kate, you take my breath away.

  7. Angela Thompson
    September 15, 2020

    Dear Kate McKinnon, I feel that the pages make me feel like there is more to look at. When I see the spread it is so short. Sincerely, Angela T

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      I hardly know what to say! It’s just the introduction to the chapter. Laughing.

    September 15, 2020

    Hi Kate, I’m honored! Xxx S

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Irene Chang
    September 15, 2020

    Can’t wait

  10. katemckinnon
    September 15, 2020

    I hope you love the beauty and I welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions about the material.

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