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Just a quick post to the CGB Blog to let you all know that I am thinking of you during this busy time, and that naturally everything we’ve been working toward is happening all at once. My goal is that it all be coherent, connected, and successful – so our book releases, exhibitions, fellowships and directions for the future are being birthed together. All pre-orders are closed until we finalize the first release with the press.
Here is the current timeline:
Books: Pattern Book and CGB Vol III: October and November (it will take us a full month to get them all shipped out, I suspect- we are filling pre-orders, and then stocking the bookstores and distributors.
Hardback Fine Art Book: Spring 2023
Paper Textbook: Summer 2023 (digital version available Fall 2022)
We are running the Pattern Book and Vol III at once, along with a few specials for the pre-orders (like the fat booklet of origami patterns and blank graphs, the CGB Colouring Book) and they also will be packaged as a boxed set for the stores in addition to shrink-wrapped single copies.
Pre-orders will not ship before October 1. As ever, just let me know if you are on our pre-order list and want off, otherwise sit tight. Retail copies probably won’t be on the shelves until December.
I have a neat release of patterns (including a few advanced challenges) from the new book coming up this summer, and we are still perfecting them. They will be free to all pre-orders, no matter what book you ordered, and we will use their delivery as an opportunity to have you confirm all of your addresses, so our database is current for shipping. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll post the news here at ContemporaryGeometricBeadwork.com and on Facebook, Insta and Twitter, so wherever you follow us (or even if you don’t) don’t worry, we’ll find you. Additionally I already have most of your email addresses up to date.
FELLOWSHIPS / Graduate Curriculum
Kathryn Shriver is over halfway through the first year of her living-wage fellowship year from CGB/UnLAB ($60,000 + fully paid medical/dental) and we intend to start the second one (a sabbatical year for Sam Norgard) this fall. It’s been a huge success not only for Kathryn, but her work for our team has been transformative. Imagine, suddenly adding the input of a talented, educated, forward-facing beader full steam, full time. She poured new ideas, new twists into all of our tactics and techniques, and thanks to this collaboration we have a lot of really fresh work to show. My camera has been busy.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Amazingly, after six years of winding our way through industry (the Lockheed Skunk Works) science funding (DARPA and the Office of Naval Research) and academia (the science team) we decided that the simplest way to fund the work of our teams is with ethical employment elsewhere, and when Charles took a job leading the engineering teams for the spaceflight company Momentous, we used his signing bonus to buy a tiny dollhouse in DC that we will be donating to the UnLAB and the beadwork team.
YES! We finally made it happen, after many years of effort. We have a physical structure, a little house on a big corner, and this will be our permanent gathering and meeting space, lecture space, and beadwork gallery. During parades and protests, we will be highly visible, as our location is on East Capitol Street between Lincoln Park and the Capitol Dome. How did we pull this off? Because it’s TINY. 1000 sf. Which is perfect.
We will use every inch of our space to connect, and take every advantage from our visibility.
This is going to be an amazing thing. Our first exhibition will be in coordination with our book release, held during the entire month of October, and ending with a magic show for the Hallowe’en madness that annually fills the entire 12 blocks of East Capitol Street. Here come our ideas for structures that are aware, bookboxes you can form a relationship with, and of course having a physical space means better support for interns, students, visitors and academic fellows.
To help this all happen, Charles and I are moving from Savannah back to DC in the fall. I’m excited about it; I have loved our time down here but even more I love walking to everything, and the energy of the city. I’m grateful for the time spent in the flowers, sunshine, the gentle winters.
What I really am right now is swamped in details and have no time for much else. Please know that I am happy, healthy, working hard and thinking of you all with love. It’s my 59th birthday tomorrow, and that marks 11 years in a deep dive on the CGB project; I embrace it all and it will be my pleasure to lay this all on your table, and we can all walk into the future, whatever it holds.