Kite Biographies


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Scott Skinner

Founder of the Drachen Foundation, Scott has been active in kite making for over 25 years. He is a frequent lecturer, writer, and workshop leader...
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Scott Spencer

Scott was one of the early “cottage industry” kite makers who made a full-time living from kites. His geometric “star flake...
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Seiko Nakamura

A kite ambassador for his city and a fine builder of the Nagasaki hata. Seiko Nakamura has designed variations on the hata style, like a...
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Servaas van der Horst

From the Netherlands, van der Horst has written a number of sport kite books, including, Stunt Kites to Make and Fly, and Stunt Kites...
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Shakib Gunn

Shakib was one of the early festival organizers in Asia, seeing the potential for spectacle, ethnic expression, and traditional arts. From kites...
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Shingo Modegi

One of the founding members of the Japan Kite Association, Shingo started the collection of kites that are now the centerpiece of the Tokyo Kite...
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Shoji Kobayashi

Another one of the Sanjo rokkaku kitemakers of the Shirone region. Shoji Kobyashi’s rokkakus are noticeably different – more...
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Silas Conyne

A turn-of-the-century kite experimenter, Conyne won the gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair with his triangular-box, winged, kite...
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Sim Sarak and Tcheang Yarin

This husband and wife team has worked tirelessly to revitalize the Cambodian kite tradition and bring its lore to the rest of the kite world....
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Stan Swanson

Kite builder behind the Condor Kite Company of the 1980s and 90s, Swanson built a reputation as a premier craftsman. His condor kites were in...
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