Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • A Review of: Kites, The Art of Using Natural Materials by John Browning Culicidae Press, 2015
  • Making kites took me to a big free space. To work in the field of discrepancy between physical and nature forces and fantasy is for me a wonderful challenge. The tension to realize the design I have in my mind and to make it fly is very stimulating. When you keep the mind open, you will be able to find solutions and alternatives. To place art pieces in the sky, with always-changing light combined with the movement caused by the wind, this is a very special performance. Even the “color white” gets another quality compared to the situation on the ground.
  • It was the year 1988. There were many firsts this year. It was the first time I experienced China. It was the first time I met Scott Skinner and the world famous actress Gloria Stuart. It was also the first time I met kitemaking enthusiasts from around the world, including the infamous David and Dorothea Checkley of Seattle, Washington. Let’s start with China.
  • I have to admit, over 30 years after my first American Kitefliers Association (AKA) Convention in 1983, I still get excited to attend this annual event. My schedule conspired to give me only three days at this year’s edition, held in Enid, Oklahoma. In fact, one of those three days was Monday, when the convention hadn’t actually officially started.
  • In taking stock of some of the obscure collectibles in my back room, I ran across this unexpected image: a model-worthy woman retrieving a kite from power lines (top image at left)! It led me to think about my friend, Jose Sainz, who for the last decade or so has worked for San Diego Gas and Electric (Sempra Energy) to put all of these wires underground. One of many reasons for doing so is to keep company personnel from having to do the very thing my German friend is shown doing in the bottom image at left.