Hello, from the edges of time.

I’m just finishing up my huge project of over a decade, the lovely Contemporary Geometric Beadwork explorations. Our team will have a couple of new books out soon, and I’ll be back to a bit more of a communicative life after that.

MIT invited us back to this January term to talk about our project and show our new work, and you are gleefully invited to join us – we are doing a couple of lectures and holding two weeks of open studio sessions for the MIT campus on making hyperbolic art in beadwork and paper.

CGB at MIT IAP 2019 poster.png

Please stop in if you are in the Boston area! Our goal is to engage ever more curious people in the arts, sciences and engineering to take a deeper look at what simple models can teach about geometry, the Universe and the architecture of the world around us.

So if you come visit our classroom, please be sure to overlap with any of the MIT community present, and if you know anyone on campus who might enjoy our work, send them our way.

Feel free to forward, post, or print our poster!

PDF versions: cgb at mit iap 2019 poster

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.

. . .

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.


On the Roof II by Josh

on the boards / current collaborations

updated August 5, 2018

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on my desk

it’s still 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).

events / commitments 

January 13-22, 2020:  MIT IAP Session
The Contemporary Geometric Beadwork morphing surfaces team will be at MIT to support the UnLAB’s advanced propulsion session. Joke Van Biesen is coming from the Netherlands, and Nico Williams from Montreal. No public beady sessions are scheduled but we will likely do something M-T-W Jan 20-22


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.

Please email Kate directly with schedule inquiries.