an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good morning, all! I’ll have two more separate posts up this weekend, one about MIT in 2022, and another with our first kit offerings, book news and a couple of patterns, free to all. But first, let me chat, and do a bit of business, give you some general updates.
I’ve come to be excited about our first release being digital, because it brings back the early days of CGB, when we have a chance to release the new work and still have time to catch photos of it for the paper release. Bead with us! We have a huge coffee-table book of artwork to be printed in Spring that we are still filling up with photography. I also have a new photo setup that is still just a simple folding tent but is blowing my mind with the clarity it is delivering. I am re-photographing whatever early work I can, so that we can show it with 2021 photography equipment and standards.
Kits are thrilling and always amazing in the sheer space and time they consume– the beads alone take up an entire room, never mind the envelopes and origami paper and bins of bead boxes, labels…. But it’s worth it, because they are alive and real in our hands, to your hands.
Honestly, just to see a room full of beads is like a fever dream for me. I will share photos of the process with the kit posts.
Over this Fall, in addition to bead assortments, we will be making some nice foundational kits with our favorite scissors, Tulip needles and hand-wound special bobbins of Nymo from the big cones, along with preparing the CGB academic textbook to be tested live at MIT in January.
(Re bobbins of Nymo – we have enough bobbin-winders now, thank you to all who offered to help! Thank you all!)
The CGB work occupies me somewhat more than full-time, but I am really enjoying it. I feel like all of the questions I have had since I was a little child are finally coming into play, into focus, and in some cases I AM GETTING ANSWERS. This is huge for someone like me, and I am reveling in the freedom of writing, assembling, and delivering. The isolation of the pandemic is a shared situation, but to be honest I have been in this state for years.
The fact that some of the answers I am getting are for the science team is a really shining benefit of my study of beads, and I am so grateful. I have been able to clarify problems for myself about the nature of light, interactions, fields, and physical space. What a gift.
Unfortunately I must say again that I am tired of getting hate mail from the small minority of unpleasant people who are impatient for our publications. I am always surprised to see anger appear in beadwork, which to me is a spiritual practice. I think I would rather get my hate mail all at once rather than once a month, so if you could please send yours to me without delay to: firstname.lastname@example.org we can end our relationship promptly and efficiently. If you don’t want to have a pre-order in on a CGB book, that is a very easy solve – we always offer no-hassle book refunds, any time, any reason.
Digital releases will begin shortly, but there is zero chance that we will see paper books before spring – everyone is fighting over supplies, we can’t even get the paper this year. There are a hundred news articles about the nightmare in publishing. I don’t mind waiting, it suits me to have all four match, and be finished to academic standards. I am committed to them, and paper books are central to my heart. Nothing will stop me from printing them, but I will only do it when the madness is calmed, and I can supervise the press run.
We should be living in peace, helping each other, saying no to bullies, caring for the animals, the land, the planet, and for those who have the least. It’s time to stand up for what we believe in, and I want hateful angry people out of my life both personally and professionally. So send me your hate mail today, don’t wait. Lay it on me.
To the rest of you, a tight hug. Stay strong.