on the boards / current collaborations

updated August 5, 2018

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on my desk

it’s All Books All Of The Time as I finish up the final layouts and assembly of the full Contemporary Geometric Beadwork series (including foreign translations and reissues of the first two volumes).

I expect to finish, print and ship our 500 signed pre-order bundles this late fall, but no official press date is set. Amazon pre-orders for regular copies will open soon. Please follow the CGB Blog if you want email updates on this project.

events / commitments 

October, 2018:  Europe
CGB Book Tour!  Oct. 5-11, the team will be in Limoges, France, for a weeklong retreat, and outside of those dates I’ll be traveling Europe to visit art and colleagues.

January 1-31, 2019:  MIT IAP Session
Kate returns to MIT for a series of four lectures and a month of active workshops. Tune in online to the lectures or come to MIT for the workshops (schedule will be published here in November). See how hyperbolic planes, topology, architecture, origami, energy and geometry intersect in the machines of man and the processes of nature. This will be an amazing session; we have a month full of speakers, people who have changed and expanded our own questions, minds, lives, and work. Some sessions will be live.

July 2019, Nova Scotia
Mathematical beading retreat in two parts with Sam Norgard – sign up soon if you want a space. I have a new (and sole) set of criteria for retreat students: a positive, loving attitude, an absence of agenda, and a willingness to set ourselves (and our assumptions) aside for a space of time-out-of time. It’s similar to the mindset for a meditation; when we forget ourselves, discovery moves through us.

on the blog

While I finish all of this work, I’m taking the gentle opportunity brought by a full desk to put social media and commerce and on hiatus. The CGB shop will re-open soon with new editions of our series of books. Please “Follow” us here (look on the right for a bar or button) for updates.

Please email Kate directly with schedule inquiries.

time out of time

Good morning from a cool and rainy Boston.

It’s been some time since I wrote (to anyone) but I feel the sap rising and this is good news, because it means that the energy that has been moving through me is ready to test new words, to try them on like glittering clothing.

the river running under Moulin de Chapitre, Durfort, France. photo by kate mckinnon 2010

Ideas are spilling forward motion in all directions to wake my heart, to disrupt the laziness of the old ways and old words I hear around me.

High-energy impacts and coincidences have filled my past year. Next week will be three months since I was hit hard by a car while walking, and next month will mark the one-year anniversary of being interrogated as a spy by some toughs from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.

Both were difficult and neither were reasonable, but I’m stronger now and that’s not nothing. I can see each now for the gifts they were, for the holes that they punched in my own reality, for the clarity with which I can now see the physics of love, and the need for kindness, for the leaving behind of assumptions, for refusing to participate in expired processes.

The pressing vigor that has been opening old boxes in my attic is rearranging the story of my life. With each breath I take, a new springy web of energy appears to hold me.

I’ve slipped the bonds of my own time, woken new.

What will I say?

Even though I’ve been silent for these months, I love you and I have been thinking of you. And I will keep thinking of you until the wind takes me away, or perhaps even after it does.

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Look for me at MIT this coming January; I’ll be teaching all month during the IAP session, and all are welcome at the lectures.

Check the main page of this site anytime for my schedule in general.


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