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Empty Spaces: Jørgen Møller Hansen

Perhaps it is a bit “odd” to have so many individuals write about one kitemaker. But that is the point, he is one SPECIAL kitemaker, and I am sure there are hundreds more who would and are waiting to step up to their computers to write something about this phenomenal man, Jørgen Møller Hansen. What […]

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Drachen – Perusing a Kite Archive

Perhaps the following images and details from articles will spur some of you to action.  Research, kite-making, or epic adventure, these snippets give you some perspective of the role of kites as tools – easily forgotten when history is finally written. Several of my favorite historical images come from the Illustrated London News, of which […]

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Boys fly kites in the "starting block" of the Soaring Kite sugoroku. Note the depiction of the climber in the game square above the starting block; line-climbers were commonly called "monkeys", like this one.

Drachen Archives: Japanese Prints

Scott Skinner has one of the most unique collections of Japanese prints in the world because of his focus on collecting prints with kite images.  This collection, however, does not have a corner on uniqueness, as we know of a Seattle collector of Japanese prints who collects only prints with images of cameras..  The point […]

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Drachen: Deb Cooley

Deb Cooley I jumped into kiting with both feet in 1984 when I attended my first American Kitefliers Association (AKA) Convention, in Nashville, Tennessee, and saw all the amazing people and kites that “you don’t see in magazines.” I took a second leap when I attended the Washington State International Kite Festival (WSKF) in 1986, […]

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Issue 81: Drachen Archives – Power of Our Online Archive

After 17 years of collecting, studying, documenting, digitizing and finally redesigning a massive website that could not only hold the DF collection, but also the world’s kite collections, I am delighted to these examples of how the new website is working! The Seyfang Labs Kite For years, I’ve had a kite in my collection that […]

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Issue 80: Drachen Archives

Tour the new foundation website! I’d like to take readers on a guided tour of the new Drachen Foundation website, and in the process, help kite enthusiasts, researchers, and collectors to pass on their passion for all things kite-like. Our intent, when redesigning the Foundation website, was to organize over fifteen years of information […]

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Issue 79: Drachen Archives: Mokuhanga Conference

International Mokuhanga Conference, 2011 I recently had the opportunity to address the participants of the first International Mokuhanga Conference, held in Kyoto, Japan. The subject was one that I assumed the participants (mainly professional woodblock-print artists and educators) had not encountered before which was the use of woodblock prints by kite makers in old Japan. […]

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Issue 78: Drachen Archives: Artists in Cervia

A gallery of artists in Cervia Having made kites for almost thirty years, I’ve come to know what I do well and what I don’t. If it’s a flat kite that might be memorable years after the first viewing, then I think I can fill the order. If it’s a cellular creation that’s never been […]

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Issue 77: Drachen Archives: Back to Beaufort

I’ve been lucky in the last several years to participate in a number of collaborations between artists and kite makers. Of note were the Drachen Foundation exhibitions in Puebla, Oaxaca, and Pachuca, Mexico, but before that I collaborated with artist Susan Robb on kites that were exhibited at the Hui Art Center in Maui, Hawaii. […]

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Issue 76: Drachen Archives: Digitizing

When we make art, or kites, it’s often a convergence of factors that guides our creativity. Sewing skill, access to materials, travel: all of these can influence the next end product. In my own artistic endeavors this is easily demonstrated; I’ve practiced piecing paper for a variety of effects, I have access to imported bamboo, […]

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