• June 03 2010 by Guest Blogger


    Post by Marina Hernandez, Collections Intern With its delicate paper form and its intricate floral designs, the Malaysian Wau kite is visually enchanting. Despite its beauty, the Wau is far from passively decorative. Steeped in history and tradition, Wau fly high and gracefully, producing a humming sound created by a noisemaker known as a hummer. The largest are five feet by four feet and require two people for launching. These can fly as high as 450 meters, almost 500 yards.
  • May 04 2010 by Ali


    Heather and Ivan Morison's visit to Open Satellite in Bellevue, Washington ended in a fine crescendo. Note the ground sculpture of the "Frost King" trees felled from a Bellevue city site, milled and transported to Tieton, Washington where they were "charred black" and returned to Open Satellite for a glorious installation. From here, Heather and Ivan will return to their home and begin the design of more sculptural kites to complement the work begun here in Bellevue.
  • May 04 2010 by Shelly


    In January, the news of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti rocked the world. The capitol, Port-au-Prince, with its old and fragile infrastructure, was all but completely destroyed.
  • April 30 2010 by Ali


    Our future resides in what we invest in and what we preserve. Using the age old technology of flying a kite, Mexican Marine Biologist Oscar Frey continues his professional pursuits using KAP. Drachen is proud to have had a line in training Oscar to fly kites over the years! Watch the following news clips: Whale Whisperer Part 1 - April 19th, 2010 Whale Whisperer Part 2 - April 19th, 2010
  • April 06 2010 by Ali


    Life is serendipitous, and it is usually a joy to where it takes us. In November, I had the opportunity to meet Yoko Ott (through a semi sweet 16 birthday party), Director of Open Satellite exhibition space in Bellevue, Washington. Her quick conversation with me brought forth a connection, Heather & Ivan Morison, world-renowned guest artists for the months of April and May. As good directors do, we jumped right in and headed to the finish line, detailing a collaborative project with the Drachen Foundation and Open Satellite.
  • April 05 2010 by Shelly


    Want to know what was happening 34 years ago in the world of kiting? This 1976 calendar is a charming and informative peek to kiting's past, marking national and international festivals, the birthdays of kite notables like Wilbur Wright, and ever-important days like The First Day of Spring. Cover Photo (click image for larger version)