Articles

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

  • Ed Wright, of Clayton, California, who died last spring at the age of 59, was a devoted kiteflier and kitemaker. Known to many in the kite world from his appearances at national and international kite festivals, and in particular for the wonderful Parafoils he made with his devoted wife Bonnie, Wright had another significant impact on the sport of kiting. He was involved in brainstorming the Drachen Foundation, then served on its board of directors after the foundation’s incorporation in l994. He will be succeeded on the board by his wife.
  • Since opening its new headquarters in Seattle some four years ago, the Drachen Foundation has welcomed visitors from around the world. For those kite enthusiasts who have not yet made the trip to the American Northwest, here’s a small view of the foundation both from outside and inside, complete with an introduction to some of the charming staff members. As Scott Skinner, president of the foundation, and Ali Fujino, administrator, say: “We want to meet you. With a library, archive, photo file, and large kite collection to view, we are at your service.
  • Fulfilling a dream of 30 years, Malcolm Goodman is readying a small hotel he bought in the north of England as his own personal kite museum. The structure is in Teesdale, near Durharm, in a scenic area of hills, rock fences, and sheep that draws lots of tourism in warm weather. The largest waterfall in England, a great attraction, is nearby. Goodman’s museum, to open next spring after he and wife Jeannette execute extensive renovations, will show the cream of his collection of 500 kites, more than half of them from Asia.
  • Conrad Shawcross has been described as a dealer in memorabilia from a British organization called the IBLS. The acronymn stands for Investigative Bureau Into the Location of the Soul.
  • Being placed on Thomas Jeckel’s Websites is sort of like praying for rain and receiving a downpour that washes out the valley. Delightful at first, his postings start to overload your screen, or at least your nervous system. Yet the thought of erasure never occurs. Amid the oddities and incoherencies, there are wonderful postings------------ weekly, daily, hourly.