A life long crafter, I came to kite making about 11 years ago. Our son arrived; I needed something I could do in small blocks of time. Margaret Gregor and Leland Toy's books gave me inspiration to get started. Oh, a new sewing machine helped, too. The MAKR workshop sponsored by the Chicago Skyliners each March provided a big push. That 3-day total immersion in kite making with so many wonderful, talented people keeps my imagination running full speed for the next year. This will be my second year teaching a class there. I try to show others how to get that intricate pieced look without cuting lots of pieces, and that "mistakes" are not disasters, but creative opportunities.
Intricate pieces, geometric designs and strong colors typically characterize my kites. I start with long strips sewn together first and then cut so I rarely have to cut individual small pieces. I like to use contrasting, not blending colors, subtle is not part of my color vocabulary. After all, the design needs to be effective 300 feet away. I love tails and line laundry, of course, all matching the kites. Attending the 1997 AKA convention, Jerry Houk convinced me to enter the crafted kite competition. What a thrill to win 2nd place in "soft and Flexible". This year (1999) I was part of the Midwest Area Kitemakers auction project. My auction donation, a 6 foot double para-sled also won a 2nd in the "Soft and Flexible" catagory. My 14-foot double delta-conyne with a 35 foot banner tail took 1st place in the "Delta and Derivatives" catagory.
My children, Scott, 13 and Twyla, 9, are convinced that they are privileged to be allowed to cook their own meals. (More sewing time for me!) They and my husband, Alex, provide inspiration & act as launch crew.

Top: 6' Double Parasled  Right: 14' Double Coyne
Center-L: 14' Double Coyne  R: Skinny Rokkaku

[Reprinted with Permission - AKA Kiting January 2000]
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