November 9th, 2020 Newsletter
Things have been a touch crazy here, and I have been keeping my head down focused on the things that matter the most to me. One of those is continuing to share the love and joy of kites and kite flying. Whether it is talking with folks off the kite field, or looking for new opportunities to expose the rest of the world to kites, each is a chance to grow the world of kites, and help my appreciation grow as well!!
If you have any ideas, suggestions, or general feedback let me know at email@example.com
TIP OF THE WEEK
Kite having problems flying, either it will not stay up in the sky or spins to one side? Try adjusting the tow point on the bridle. If it is tied too far back, the kite will refuse to fly, Too far forward and it will spin.
Before adjusting the tow point, mark on the bridle line where your tow point is set. Make small adjustments forward or back from this mark till you find the right spot.
2020 Has brought about many changes, but it has not changed our inherent passion and love for kite flying. Here are a few examples of using kites to move forward!
Last week Nic O'Neill did an interview with Scott Cowan of Explore Washington, a podcast focused on exploring and discovering some of great parts of Washington State. The main focus however was about kites, kiteflying, and how kites can take us incredible places both around the world and a bit closer to home! Hope you enjoy:
Link to the Podcast Episode: https://explorewashingtonstate.com/kites-with-fortuna-found/
photo courtesy of Mark Taylor/STUFF
When the pandemic stopped Valerie Lubrick working in the polar regions she decided to create Kite Kete, a business making bags out of old kitesurfing kites.
Find out more: HERE
Check out her website here: https://www.kitekete.com/
Kites bring attention to locally detained migrant children's plight
In Latin America, kites are serious business, flown, depending on region, on Easter and the Day of the Dead. They’re also widely used for sport. With his “Papalotes en Resistencia” (Kites in Resistance), Federico Cuatlacuatl, an assistant professor of new media in UVA’s art department, uses the culture, heritage, and traditions of that region as tools of activism. Originally from Puebla, Mexico, Cuatlacuatl immigrated to the U.S. in 1999.
Two of Cuatlacuatl’s large gold foil kites are currently on view in Second Street’s Dové Gallery. Sparkling gaily under the gallery spots, they seem joyful and light in both weight and connotation. But the kites contain a deeper, more urgent message: Asylum- seeking children continue to be detained in centers across the U.S. ..... READ MORE HERE: ARTICLE
Imagined Flowers photo courtesy of YourValley.net
Kite Designer Creates Installation Art Pieces!
Peter Koros of Koros Design, a Hungarian artist studio, returns to Canal Convergence with various illuminating artistic techniques from textiles to nature. Koros Design’s installation for Canal Convergence, “Hidden Garden,” will be installed at Scottsdale Artists’ School. His studio had an installation set up at Canal Convergence in November 2018.
"I create mainly light installations with our studio, but we have other creative designs and workmanship. One of our favorite techniques is the sewing of lightweight textiles, which I’ve had opportunities to do since my kite designer period."
Find out more: HERE
HAPPINESS... IS A KITE
No words needed from these two videos to share the love and joy of kite flying. Check them out!
A homemade mini 'dragon kite' built by a few of the village children takes flight. While you might not speak the same language, you can still understand the excitement!
Get out and buggy with lolo BSD on the beautiful beach at Berck.