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

  • For several years now there has been talk in international kite circles of a primitive cave painting in Indonesia showing kite flying. The cave is on Muna Island, off the island of Sulawesi (formerly the Moluccas).
  • Because he has photographed many disasters and sees the world imperiled by pollution, hatred and war, Hans Silvester has embarked on a major kite book project to convey the other side of the equation---hope, beauty, friendship, peace. Creator of more than 25 photographic volumes, including the best-selling Chats du Soleil (Cats of the Sun), which has sold a half-million copies worldwide, Silvester enrolled artist-kitemakers Philippe Cottenceau, Claudio Capelli, and Robert Trepanier to fly for him where kites could be shown as symbols of purity.
  • Big kite festivals draw a wide range of fliers, from professionals to skilled amateur enthusiasts----hobbyists, craftsmen, aerodynamicists, artists, poets, teachers, outdoors people. Following are biographical sketches of six of the kiters, selected rather randomly although all proved to be interesting subjects, who attended last spring’s international festival at Cervia, Italy. Iqbal Husain:
  • Cervia is a classy beach town on the Adriatic two hours south of Venice. Jammed in summer with vacationing Italians and other Europeans, it is tranquil and underpopulated in the spring, with a gentle breeze blowing in from offshore. Perfect for kiteflying, in short.
  • The common wisdom is that kites were unknown in black Africa, that is in the vast region south of the Sahara desert, until introduced some hundreds of years ago by occupying European colonial powers. The wisdom seems to be that kites were unknown too in the northern rim of Africa, mostly Moslem countries stretching from Algeria to Egypt, until introduced hundreds of years ago from the Middle East, where they may have arrived from India.