an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good morning, beaders. It’s a soft, sunny morning here in Savannah. I am busy getting ready for a solid six months of giving and delivering. It’s an intense time of work for me, and I regret my continued absence from social media and society, but it’s all I can do to keep up.
May I ask you to join our new email list?
Our first digital book releases will be the CGB Pattern Book, The CGB Coloring Book (lots of graphs to colour in) and CGB, Volume III. The downloads will be delivered to you via the mailing list, so please sign up by clicking above. Paper books will not be printed until at least January of 2023; it is not possible to manage a press run in the pandemic; it takes too many people and it simply isn’t an option for me to do it on my own.
To simplify the process and our accounting as we deliver, I will be encouraging pre-orders to choose to receive digital downloads + Delica bead kits instead of waiting for the paper books. It will be so easy to pick up the paper books when they come out – they will be literally everywhere, and the absolute ONLY reason to have a pre-order on file with us is to support the team working. So consider choosing a bead kit instead!
I’ll be back here in a week or so to show all of the beautiful options available – we will have Kaleidocycles, colour kits, Exploding PodCast kits, hot flower bangles… so many things to choose from. Our studio is overflowing with neat little snap-boxes of Delicas.
I do need to mention that I had a bit of a shock as this early August, as there were several instances of bullying for credit from previous members our discovery team directed outward in the community. This was very sad for me, and absolutely not in spirit of CGB. Because of these instances (and also because in one case this disruption began in summer of 2019) changes to our pages were necessary, and this has occupied/stolen much of my time in the past month.
CGB has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying of any kind, and I can promise you that we will never claim design credit for your design if you use our techniques, nor will we ask you for financial compensation if you teach a class or a pattern that uses our discoveries. In fact, we will defend you, so please let me know if you ever need this help.
In addition to that, it should be clear to all that CGB was self-inspired, driven by my own curiosity and mentorship, and was created solely in response to questions Dustin and I had about the nature of geometric ropes. Because of these recent instances, there is a community agreement now in place that will need to be signed by every artist represented in the books. This agreement describes the nature of our open-source work, and what it means to release our intellectual property claims on the pieces we publish in our technical manuals.
I made some neat history pages for the opening of CGB, Volume III, and it’s really something to see the discoveries tumble along, year by year. This is a summary of just the first four years – 2011- 2014. Wow.
I can’t wait for you to see all ten years of discovery laid out like this.
As you can see, one of the changes made was that there are no longer names by each piece in our technical manual. Instead, each work will have a number that corresponds to an academic-style reference which includes architectural and historical credits.
For example, a beaded Kaleidocycle will first credit French mathematician Raoul Bricard, who was the first to publish the linkage (1930s) move forward to origami artist/designer Walker & mathematician Schattschnieder (1970s) and then the credits will begin in beadwork, with the artist’s name coming last in the time progression as the colour designer and craftsperson. The books are fully indexed, so it’s easy to look up each artist and original creator we feature. This is one of the changes I made to emphasize the practice of beadwork, which is a sacred thing, and the long history of discovery in geometry, origami, and beadwork. We honor the practice, and all who have come before us, and all who will follow after, and seek only to add to the quota of knowledge.
Thank you for signing up to the new mailing list, and also, if you are waiting for beadwork to be returned to you from photography, and we have not been in touch this month, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what I have from you, along with your current mailing address? All beadwork will be sent home by October 31.
If I still have your piece(s), it is either because they were so brilliant as to still be in study, or they represent work that was eclipsed by further discovery, and is being saved for our photographic art book, coming at the very end of the book line.
Best to you, and please be kind to others and stay safe out there.