Occasionally I have some time to make smaller kites, inbetween constructing larger ones. I had a photo I took in Berlin - a remaining part of the wall (the vertical steel rod reinforcement is visible in the image) which I transferred onto ripstop. Then I layered a silhouette of myself in ripstop over the background, which gave the effect of a strong shadow on the textured surface. Colour would have been a distraction so I kept everything monotone.
The second kite has an applique composition - deliberately fragmented. I liked the way the geometric shapes connected on the black background.
The lower kite, mini metropolis, soars beautifully in a light wind.
'Below that 'Balance' uses inkjet printed graphics. Balance, in the physical sense, is an essential element for a kite to perform correctly. In this design I have included a visual reference to a sculpture by the artist Richard Long to further enhance the meaning.
right: a hand painted design on ripstop nylon using acrylics. The long white tail continues the visual theme with the addition of orange, blue and black.
right: shadows cast behind a face, inkjet printed on ripstop nylon.