Kite Biographies


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Anke and Kisa Sauer

The Sauer sisters take very different but extremely effective approaches to their kite making. Anke has invented a collapsible cellular kite...
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Betty Street

Texas Tech art professor and expert in fabric design, Street created spectacular patchwork kites, many paying homage to her West Texas heritage....
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Bobby Stanfield

Bobby helped set the standard in American kite making with his exceptional cellular kites of the 1980s and early 1990s. Creating exciting shapes...
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Charlie Sotich

Father of miniature kites in the US, Sotich brought model-aircraft techniques to small kites. With Japan’s Nobuhiko Yoshizumi and Holland’s Harm...
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Chris Shultz

Chris has been close to kites for most of his adult life and is currently the US manager of HQ Kites. HQ is characterized by high-quality lines of...
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Chris Silvia

Chris burst onto the kite scene in the mid-1980s when he arrived at Newport, RI’s Blackships Kite Festival with prize-winning kites made...
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Christine Schwarting

Dramatic painting technique with high contrast and just a dash of color are trademarks of Christine’s work. Married to kite maker Frank Schwiemann...
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Dave Santos

One of the active proponents of Airborne Wind Energy (AWE), Dave has extensive experience in aeronautic robotics. He is a hands-on producer of,...
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Eli and Shula Shavit

Israel’s husband and wife team, Eli and Shula Shavits, has been involved in kites for nearly twenty years. Eli and Shula specialize in...
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Frank Schwiemann

Serious with kites since his teens, Schwiemann went on to study object design in college and has continued to make innovative flying sculpture. He...
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