an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
I was thinking this morning that the thread we bead with has a lot in common with the threads of knowledge and experience of our ancestors. The threads we cut to bead our piece bind together the separate elements of creation just as our experiences bind us into history, family, collaborations.
When we cut the thread to complete a piece, we do not sever the connection of the thread to itself; the spool of thread was born as one strand no matter what happens to it later. In that way, each piece from a spool is related to every other piece, and each piece by a maker connects everything the person created with the raw sources of all of the materials, the tools….
When I look at a piece of furniture, I always try to find the little stamp or tag that tells me where it was made, maybe sometimes even where the wood came from. It seems important somehow. Where does the sand come from that creates my Japanese cylinder beads?
Thinking of thread, I also wonder what impels Bowerbirds and Weaver Birds to do their jobs with fiber, knowing intuitively where to begin, how to end. So many thoughts arise about how knowledge is shared and stored, and also I feel that these birds must be considered a part of our community .
Here is a snippet from the BBC showing the mad skilz of the Weaver Bird. I doubt I could do this job without being taught.
Stay safe tonight, and please, stay home if you can. I’ll be working on the CGB web site for the next week, so if things go dark or email bounces briefly, hang tight.