During the summer months our garden becomes an extension of the interior of our house, weather permitting. A place for relaxation and reflection and of course it is only made possible by some fairly constant maintenance. Given our location with harsh wet winters it becomes something of a challenge to succeed with different varieties of flora. Fran spends many hours tending the vegetable areas and has managed to ensure we have greens to eat for each month of the year. Not an easy task when the ground becomes frozen solid during the winter.
The idea of growing something from seed which would then produce a delightful flower or vegetable and could be photographed and printed on a kite, means we no longer leave our garden at home when we travel, but we can share it with others at kite festivals across the world. Our airborne garden.
The kites are constructed from lightweight Icarex polyester ripstop, with a carbon tube and glassfibre frame. The tails are made from shiny two tone organza. The images were produced using dye sublimation printing.
right: Eryngium maritimum
above: Fran, Bintulu International Kite Festival, Borneo, 2015
left: the vegetable garden during summer
below: globe artichoke
above: Tulip; Iris by the pond; Tortoiseshell butterfly on Buddleia
right: Helianthus annuus
more photographs of our garden here
Below: Papaver Orientale and white Digitalis, early summer form and texture