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

  • Ever the kiteflying pioneer, Jackie Matisse, of Fontainebleau Forest, France, late last year collaborated on the first high-bandwidth art piece ever created by computer. Working with the Amsterdam Science and Technology Center, Matisse contributed 12 of her very long, beautifully decorated kite tails to the project. Because wind speed was added to the equation, extensive calculations were required for these real-time kinetic art pieces (kites). Computer operations, mainly at universities, around the world each took on a single one of the dozen tails.
  • The hope that a cave painting in Indonesia might shed light on the antiquity of the kite globally (Drachen Journal No. 10, Page 18) has been stalled, at least for the time being. What is needed is scientific verification of age, a possibly complicated and expensive matter, although dating possibilities are numerous and wide-ranging.
  • Pierre Fabre, of Paris, makes spectacular kites, not just for their large size alone but for their images too. Classic examples on these pages, chosen from Fabre’s own photographic portfolio of 30,000 images, taken mostly in the Asian countries of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indonesia and China, as well as Brazil, make the point graphically.
  • Bright, white, dry, high. That’s how Eric Muhs of Seattle characterizes the South Pole, which he visited for two weeks late last year. A teacher in Seattle, Muhs was there doing cosmic ray research under the National Science Foundation’s ongoing Teachers Experiencing Antarctic program. When he wasn’t doing research, Muhs flew kites. He was sponsored in this latter activity by the Drachen Foundation.
  • Arriving at Curt Asker’s house in the south of France at night, in the dark and rain, a visitor sees a small, white kite flying over the town. “The kite bids you welcome,” says Asker. It is the nicest possible touch. Later, he says, “I’ll bring the kite down now. It needs to sleep.” More charm.