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Updates and Colourways

Good morning to all of you from a cool and sunny Savannah. I hope this finds you well. Our local team (Sam Norgard, Kathryn Shriver, Anvi Shah and myself, with … Continue reading

December 15, 2021 · 6 Comments

Work continues

Here in Savannah, we continue to work to assemble our mountain of glittering Delica beads into colourways and bead kits, and our triangles and photographs into the new Foolproof Kaleidocycle … Continue reading

December 9, 2021 · 6 Comments


Hello again! Our team has been working for the past week on getting our January MIT session finalized and loaded into the system, and also on contemplating light, colour, a … Continue reading

November 30, 2021 · 6 Comments

light and colour in other materials

One of the things we’ve been working with for our academic textbook is how differently light and colour are described in various fields of study. In the physical art world … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · 15 Comments

Illusion Faces

I love to see illusion faces on Kaleidocycles, especially when they are also marvelous colour explorations. The Magic Triangle This is a neat one because the look of the face … Continue reading

November 17, 2021 · 7 Comments

Colour Blocking

Above, a close-up of the pinks and violet in Sam Norgard’s Nova Scotia bangle. Bead colours: DB2035, DB1310, and DB2138. There is a lot of fun to be had making … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

gathering our minds together

Spirals and colour fades are key parts of any discussion on colour. The colour fades are simple as they start in the center with one idea, and transition as they … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · 8 Comments

Colourway discussions starting soon!

Thank you so much to those of you who expressed interest in our colour explorations. We are busy putting together a series of not only bead kits but also physical … Continue reading

November 11, 2021 · 4 Comments

Pre-Order Fulfillment

Good morning to you, from a cool and rainy pre-dawn Savannah. As I have mentioned previously, I need to close all pre-orders for the paper books before the end of … Continue reading

November 6, 2021 · 38 Comments

early morning thoughts

Yesterday, when I posted our first kit, I lamented that I didn’t have time to chat anymore. I thought about that overnight, and realized that it was a genuine sorrow … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · 14 Comments
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