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

new kits for new ideas

To accompany the upcoming release of our new books, we are making a whole stack of things. One of them is bead kits that benefit our Fellowships and Scholarships Fund.

The first of our series of artist colourways is in the CGB Team Shop right now, a grouping of 14 vibrant colours selected by artist, designer and professor Sam Norgard.

Sam created the colour grouping to make a Kaleidocycle Bangle that showed the intensity of the Nova Scotia sunsets. This kit has over 12 grams of each of the 14 colours, beautifully packaged in plastic snap-boxes, and wrapped in origami bundles. Each kit costs $140 (including shipping) and has over 175 grams of high quality beads, plenty to make the cycle and so much more.

Kathryn Shriver then used Sam’s colors to create an Exploding PodCast Set with Arrow pattern samples and a couple of enticing Flower Face Kaleidocycles. These colourway kits come with printed colour booklets showing how to recreate our patterns, and encourage experimentation with new combinations. We can do so much with this beauty.

We will have about ten more different kits to release over the next few months, and every dollar earned from their sales will go to support the CGB Fellowship Fund, which is fielding full fellowships for the creation of our academic textbook and science papers. Kathryn Shriver, who beaded the sample above, is the first of our four recipients. This fund also provides travel for our artists, pays conference and registration fees for artists and students, and materials grants for public sculptures.

The spirals below are from the same colourway, and were beaded by me. It’s really stunning how different the colours are when they change partners, groupings.

If you would like to see the full range of our kits before you choose, or if you are interesting in trading your paper book pre-order for a bead kit. I have SO MUCH more to show you, so please wait a bit as I unroll them all. Time is very tight right now while the work is so intense, but I am thinking of you and eager to show you what we have cooking.

I wish I had more time to just chat right now! In the meantime, if you want to pick up this colourway, you can click either of the photos above, or use this link. Kits ship Nov. 1.

CGB and our science team, the UnLAB, is a 501(c)(3) corporation with the IRS, and if your tax circumstances permit deductions for charitable donations, $50 of this kit qualifies as deductible, as that amount represents the profit that flows to the Fellowship Fund thanks to the many volunteer hours put into kitting and wrapping. Kits come with donation receipts.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better.

4 comments on “new kits for new ideas

  1. Rita Linton
    November 2, 2021

    I get so enthralled and excited when I receive these updates. I would so love to order this kit and especially for the benefits you return for Scholarships. I am a fixed income senior now and can’t do all the things I once could. I so appreciate your effort’s, colours, and beading advances and wanted to say that I wasn’t ignoring or not loving. Just can’t now. So sorry Sent from my iPhone


  2. Jill Cheatham
    October 28, 2021

    have you already sent out the kits to the pre-order customers??? I haven’t received mine if that is the case???

    just thought I better check….

    Jill Cheath

    • katemckinnon
      October 29, 2021

      Hi Jill! No, I simply plan to choose to offer the option when we deliver the digital previews to the pre-orders. You will have the opportunity to take a look at the books, and then you can decide whether or not you would also like paper copies, or if you prefer the digital version + a bead kit, or the digital version + a refund.

      It is probably going to be April before the shortages resolve and the publishing backlog goes down, and while I think most of our pre-orders will want to stay on the list, I will have options for those who do not.

      You won’t miss a thing, as you are following these updates.

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