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2002  Class List

Multicellular Box
Robert Brasington     St. Helens, Tasmania
This award winning kite maker will guide you to build a traditional compound box of his design-a small (800mm x 800mm), lightweight box kite in a 4 x 2 cell configuration. Robert's clean techniques with light nylon fabric and carbon frame result in a higher-angle, lighter-wind flier than most cellular kites.
Silk Painting
Diane Butler     Tigard, Oregon
Diane returns with her silk painting process. Practice the basics of painting with the "Serti" technique on luxurious silk fabric. Bring a simple design or use Diane's patterns, and apply resist lines and brilliant liquid dyes to a 30" silk square, which will later be steamed, rinsed, and cured (optional participation on Saturday and Sunday).
Catherine's Wheel
Dave Christenson     Westport, Washington
Sew a 48-cell, whirling, red, white, and black circle of line art, then learn various bridling methods and requirements for scaling the design up or down.
Waves of Color
Deb Cooley     Lincoln City, Oregon
Join pieces of fabric together to make a stunning 11' or 14' tall banner. Deb will provide a couple of designs and various color combinations from which to choose.
Bargello Butterfly
John Freeman     Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
John has taken the "Bargello" technique in a new direction. Try his distinctive wedge-cut "Bargello" piecing method as you construct his 6' wingspan butterfly-shaped kite.
Fighter Kite: Buka Variants
Karen Gustavson     Solvang, California
Create a buka-style fighter kite using either "western" materials and construction or traditional methods with paper and bamboo. If time and weather permit, practice tuning and flying.
Square Dancing in the Sky
Scott Hampton     Sandy, Utah
With pre-painted, richly shaded fabric, you will create your own design or use one of Scott's, and appliqué and assemble a 20" square kite.
Take-Along Miniature Kite Pendant
Kathy Horn     Lindenwood, Illinois
Make an ingenious, fully functional pendant that opens to reveal a secret treasure-a postage stamp-sized kite complete with fly rod and line!
Non-Sewn Icarex Sode Kite
Sam Huston     Kent, Washington
Learn, in detail, Sam's famed techniques for making permanent, high-quality, non-sewn kites. Construct a lightweight, collapsible, 5' x 5' Sode kite with PC Icarex polyester fabric, 3-M industrial adhesives, and fiberglass.
Heat-Seal Genki Kite
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Make Dan's 80" wide version of this high-aspect ratio, bowed kite using multi-colored plastic sheets and fiberglass
Heat-Seal Ladybug Kite Train
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Each student engages in making a bright, impressive 10-segment train of plastic and bamboo ladybug kites.
Low-Tech Construction of a BIG Kite: Group Project
Rick Miller     Silver City, New Mexico
Groups of classmates will start by collaborating on coming up with surface designs and painting them with water-based dyes on Tyvek sheets. Then, teams will follow simple steps with tapes, fiberglass, and precut lines to build and bridle large-scale, Shirone-style rectangular kites.
Color Theory and Introduction to Design Basics
Sharon Musto     Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Participants will explore color and learn how to combine visual elements such as lines, shapes, colors, and values to achieve contrast, balance, emphasis, pattern, unity, and movement in a composition, especially as it relates to kite art.
Beginning Sewing
Gerry Pennell     Olympia, Washington
Go from "I want to sew" to "I can do this!" Gerry relates inexperienced sewers to the tools and techniques needed for basic sewing, with an emphasis on kites. Exercises to familiarize students with their machines are followed by a simple kite or windsock project.
Black and White Kites
George Peters     Boulder, Colorado
Design and make unique small- to medium-sized kites using traditional bamboo, Japanese paper, and luscious black sumi ink. Invent new forms by following the natural shapes of the bamboo frames and the simple, bold graphics from brush and ink.
Kite Puppets
George Peters     Boulder, Colorado
Concoct a kinetic figure with high-reaching arms and sandbag feet that holds onto the line of your staked kite, or "field-dances" on the lines of your dual-line kite! Dive into a wild assortment of colorful, lightweight materials, and find parts to combine in your whimsical kiteflying character.
Grenadian Crafts Kites
George A. Peters     Seattle, Washington
Arrange and decorate brightly colored tissue paper panels on a tensioned frame you form out of coconut flex to complete one of several variations on classic Grenadian lightweight kite styles. Each kite in the class is unique!
"Chocolate" and Cocoa Leaves
George A. Peters     Seattle, Washington
Experience two pleasures from the Grenadian cacao plant! First, George relates the background of the plant as you roast, shell, and grind the aged beans to make a traditional spicy brew. Next, you create and fly a kite made of a cocoa leaf.
Kerori Kite
Barry Poulter     Tacoma, Washington
Barry enhances the broad shape of this traditional Japanese design with his Celtic Crossed Saber Knot appliqué for his exclusive 2002 conference project. Students complete an 80" wide, active flier with an unusual 90', multifunctional bridle!
Paper and Bamboo
Anna Rubin     Maria Rain, Austria
Experiment with designing one or two easy kites as you learn about bamboo splitting and frame construction and about different qualities of Japanese paper.
Tumbleweed Cell Kite
Terry Sansom     Wimberly City, Texas
Terry shares his precise sewing and fabrication techniques as you assemble his playful, innovative, steady-wind kite formed with two intersecting circles, using ripstop polyester and carbon rods. Flight tips and demonstrations will follow if time and weather permit.
Totem Flags
Randy Shannon     Flagstaff, Arizona
Discover an easy, exciting way to paint with dyes on uncoated nylon. Each participant will paint original designs on three panels, which will be joined as a set to hang over a doorway (inside or out) to keep away "demons"!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Charlie Sotich     Chicago, Illinois
Make a simple 4" diameter, 5-pointed star kite with a holographic film or tissue paper sail, nylon spar, tail, and flying line. Fly in the classroom, then make larger and/or smaller versions.
Air Mail Special
Charlie Sotich     Chicago, Illinois
From hundreds of postage stamps, choose a kite sail (professionally designed), then Charlie will show how to make your stamp thinner and lighter, add some creases, tails, and flying line, and fly your tiny kite right there.
Starfish
Rolf & Claudia Zimmermann     Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Sew a fantastic, soft inflatable starfish to use as line art or a tail for other kites. Discussion of Rolf and Claudia's methods for adapting similar inflatables as flyable kites may be included, if time permits.