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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject: Miniatures for this spring. Reply with quote

These are miniatures for this spring. I am not quite done yet; I hope to get a couple more finished before Ft Worden, and do a few others as well. The Lotus is going to England, and one is going to Cervia. I had one in mind for Japan, but Japan was canceled due to obvious considerations and it cannot go to the JKA auction. Phil has been kind enough to let me donate them to the AKA fundraising for JKA.

The first is Mr Kite (there is a long tradition of kites with human faces and the name Mr Kite goes back well over 100 years. This is my attempt):


Mardi Gras (this is a departure from my usual shapes, and flies very well):


Sky Blue (I think the name says it all):


Lotus (the lotus is a Buddhist symbol of detachment. It rises from muddy waters and yet remains pristine and beautiful):


Red Rocket (Inspired by the sci-fi rockets of the 50s and 60s):


Papercut (What can I say, this my first papercut kite):


Rose (I find flowers to be one of my biggest challenges. This one is simple, but I really like how this one turned out):


I admit that one of the reasons I post these pics here to sort of advertisement for the fundraisers these go to, and hopefully bring in some money for them (and admittedly I get to brag about my "kids" a little before they disappear and I don't get to see them anymore).

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep posting, we love pics around here.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent as always Dave, should raise shedloads of money.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you guys. Here are 2 others I was able to spar and bridle today.

Red Ant (Diane is not a big fan of my insects (does not like bugs), but I really like to do them. I think this is one of my best):


Silly Cyclops (It's not one of my fanciest but its one of my favorites because I think its humorous. This is one I may put raffle tickets in):


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work, Dave. Thanks for sharing.

One question - are there full size versions of all these designs - or are you creating your own new kite designs in miniature? I was wondering about the Red Rocket in particular.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBHinPhilly wrote:
Beautiful work, Dave. Thanks for sharing.

One question - are there full size versions of all these designs - or are you creating your own new kite designs in miniature? I was wondering about the Red Rocket in particular.


Thank you TB. These are all originals. I hope to someday make larger versions of some of these but am falling farther and farther behind. I have well over 100 designs I consider good enough for a kite, that have not yet been made into a kite. Obviously I also have about 100 designs that have already been made into kites.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be clear - because in rereading my post I don't think I was - I meant kite plan shape and framing designs - not that I wrote that. Embarassed I did recognize they were your own wonderful designs/artwork on the sails.

I think it is great that you are executing your designs - whether in miniature or large size. Either way, you are building great kites. I for one am already only creating a backlog of a to do list for myself just on notes and things I save to the computer - not creating enough kites.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem. I did not copy the Rocket shape from anywhere. The shape and the sparring just followed from the art work. Something like it may already exist somewhere, but not to my knowledge.

The lotus on the other hand has specifically Japanese style sparring.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking kites! I just got to see my first miniature kites yesterday and these are much nicer!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are lovely. I also like the Red Rocket and would like to see the back of it!

Also, how big are the kites in these photos? I cant tell!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g4yvm wrote:
These are lovely. I also like the Red Rocket and would like to see the back of it!

Also, how big are the kites in these photos? I cant tell!

David


They range in size from about 5inches, up to about 8 inches in the longest dimension. All my designs are created on 8.5x11 graph paper. So all are less than that.

My smallest kites are usually about 1.5 inches, though I did win "Smallest" kite category at the AKA Miniature kite challenge with one less than .5 inches (no celtic design on that one).

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:06 am    Post subject: Re: Miniatures for this spring. Reply with quote

dpb wrote:

Red Rocket (Inspired by the sci-fi rockets of the 50s and 60s):


I'd love to see that in a large (say, 4 feet wide or larger) scale.

Papercut (What can I say, this my first papercut kite):


That might be my favourite, of this bunch. Applause

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is "Arte Nouveau Butterfly". I finished it at Ft Worden for the Raffle. It went home with Phyl Scarfe.



One of the miniatures (Mardi Gras) I had intended for Japan was graciously allowed to be auctioned off at Ft Worden. I was very happy and humbled by the price. One of Diane's large kite skins intended for Japan did very well too (I will be making that skin into a kite for the winner of the auction). If any are interested, a second miniature and painted kite for Japan, will be raffle prizes for AKA fund raising for Japan (Phil Broder should be recognized as the person who suggested and organized the fund raising for the Japan).

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dpb wrote:

One of the miniatures (Mardi Gras) I had intended for Japan was graciously allowed to be auctioned off at Ft Worden. I was very happy and humbled by the price.
Dave


IIRC the final bid was $300 usd.

Good on you, Dave! Applause
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

You never cease to amaze me!!!!



all.

I first met Dave a the AKA convention in Muncie Indiana.... it was my first convention.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KiteSquid wrote:
Dave,

You never cease to amaze me!!!!



all.

I first met Dave a the AKA convention in Muncie Indiana.... it was my first convention.


Minor correction Kitesquid. The first time we met was at Ocean City, Maryland. I got to see your magnificent, dyed fabric, Iris kite. Fell in love with it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is going to the Swindon Kite Festival in May:



It's called "Dagger, and was inspired by Sunny Lin from Taiwan.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

You never cease to amaze me with your works!!!!!!!

Keep em coming!!!!!!!!!
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