A 2.9 metres wide genki constructed from ripstop nylon and carbon fibre in 2011 for UK kite maker Karl Longbottom.
The surface design of the kite was a new departure, developed from a sketchbook idea. Working in monochrome, to avoid the distraction of colour, enabled me to focus on form and texture instead. I used multiple layers of ripstop to achieve different densities and a wider tonal range. Each shape sewn onto the kite has additional texture using brush and sponge applied acrylic paint. Some sections also include inkjet printed photographs I have taken.
Inspiration came from the gritstone and limestone landscape of the Peak District and Lake District crags - flints, pebbles, fissures, cracks and stresses, stones, balancing boulders, rocks shaped over thousands of years by the elements.