Most of these sailforms, kites and kiteforms are inkjet prints on a variety of Japanese papers. Image design and editing software is Adobe Photoshop. Printing is done on Epson printers with pigmented inks. Sometimes the paper is pre-coated with a transparent or metallic sizing to improve ink reception. The frames that support the forms are constructed from split or matchstick bamboo, or from other natural or synthetic materials.
Recent works use vinyl paint on fabric and metal, applied through hand-cut stencils or masking. Spars and supports are a mix of carbon fiber and fiberglass composites with stainless steel hardware.
The forms are generally derived from a manipulation and morphing of a sketch or traditional shape, built and then observed and edited in virtual space. Using software tools, the forms are divided into sails, then tilted, inflated, and skewed as if affected by flight and wind. The frozen form is further wrapped with imagery that suggests other perspectives on volume, construction or reflection. Surface designs are derived from photography, typography and real or imaginary life forms.
At close range it is easier to see the inherent dichotomy of image and surface. The images are detailed and sharp, the paper is rough and fibrous. My interest in the fusion of new technology with traditional materials has propelled my investigation of the kite form and non-traditional printing techniques. Most of these kites will fly with proper bridling, many of my newer works however, are designed for display only.
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