Paul and Helene Morgan have been designing and building high quality, high performance kites in Shropshire, UK. since 1986.
Both Paul and Helene went to Shrewsbury Art School before going to Art College. Paul took a course in Illustration and Graphic Design in Cambridge and Helene studied Fashion and Textiles along with Business Studies and Art History in Brighton. In 1982, just before the birth of their second son, they took their two year old son on holiday to the coast and bought an inexpensive plastic octopus kite. The kite was flown all day and they became hooked. From that day forward kites became a bigger part of life until, in 1986, Morgan Kites was set up and they started selling their kites to the public and other kite retailers. In 1991 they wrote “The Book of Kites” (published in USA under the title “The Ultimate Book of Kites”) and in 1992 changed the company name to Sky Bums to coincide with the opening of their shop in Shrewsbury. By 1995 they decided shop-keeping was not for them and returned to what they do best. Designing and building kites.
Ever since the start they have run kite making workshops for schools, art colleges, teacher training, clubs and kite flyers. This has even taken them to Washington State on numerous occasions teaching at the Fort Worden Kite Makers Conference.
In 1998 they also took over the organization of the Shrewsbury Kite Festival. Since then the festival moved out of Shrewsbury and is now known as the Shropshire Kite Festival which is held in the south of the county.
Their kites have been in art exhibitions, used in TV ads, and company promotions. They have been used by the British Antarctic Survey and archaeologists for lofting weather equipment and cameras. Their skills have also been used to design and construct light weight stage sets and props as well as designing a prototype “S.S. Windrush” ship for the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony.
Recently they have been using more paint and print ideas alongside the usual appliquéd designs to decorate the covers of their kites. Paul and Helene still work full time from home and produce all their kites themselves. They can also be found on the field at festivals most weekends throughout the summer.
More information can be found at www.skybums.com
Official Festival Poster Contest
Print the WSIKF poster competition guidelines and artist information form. These will need to be signed and returned with your entry.
Artwork must be submitted by January 4th.
Artwork will be on public display at the World Kite Museum. The winning poster will be selected by the Kite Festival Committee in March.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holli at the World Kite Museum, 360-642-4020 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to view the past poster winners, they are on display at the World Kite Museum and on our WSIKF Poster Contest page.
Here’s the fine print:
- Limited edition printing will consist of 300 posters to be signed and numbered by the artist. Printing and proofing will be the responsibility of the kite festival poster committee.
- Entries must be delivered to the World Kite Museum, 303 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, WA by 5pm Monday, January 4th, 2017.
- Please include this signed and dated document with your entry.
- Please do not mat or frame your entries.
- It is the artist’s responsibility to sign and number the prints as soon as they are received from the printer.
- The Artist will receive 15 non-numbered posters which are not to be available for sale until after the Kite Festival.
- The artist will receive a payment of $750 payable within 30 days of completion of all signing and numbering of posters. An additional commission of $2.00 per poster sold through 8-31-17 will be paid by September 15th. The final payment will be made by January 20th. There is no commission due on any poster sold after January 1st.
- The artist may elect to buy any unsold posters after January 1st. The price would be cost plus 10% (cost of poster printing & the tube & caps).
- WSIKF retains the rights to print/publication.
- The artwork shall be: 18 inches high by 24 inches wide or 24 inches high by 18 inches wide.
- The title block will be added by the Kite Festival.
Come, meet friends old and new, preview the latest exhibits, and enjoy an evening of frivolity!
It’s community fun night at the World Kite Museum!
This year’s event is set for March 11, 2017. Save the date!
This casual evening will be filled with family fun while raising funds for needed work on our roof. Come out and enjoy with us!
30th Annual World Wide Event
Saturday & Sunday October 8 & 9, 2016
…and always the second Sunday in October…
One Sky One World, International Kite Fly for Peace is held the second Sunday of October annually, around the globe. Come and fly with us on the Bolstad Approach all weekend. Sign the global register, fly for at least an hour, and receive a special participants pin!
One Sky One World promotes annual activities in concurrence with events in hundreds of locations around the world the second Sunday of October annually utilizing the multi-cultural symbol of the kite and ocean of air that we all share. People are made aware of the kites contribution to cultural history, the arts and sciences through recognition and enjoyment of the kite, its many manifestations and the activity of kite flying as expressed in many nations and regions throughout recorded history. The art and entertainment activities associated with the One Sky One World event, leads community enjoyment, understanding and friendship between people, environmental awareness and promoting world peace.
Questions? Call 360-642-4020 or email email@example.com or visit www.oneskyoneworld.org.
The Annual One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace takes place in hundreds of worldwide locations each year on the second Sunday of October. October 11, 2016 will mark the 31st annual event held in Denver (it’s birthplace) and around the world.
- 1985: OSOW cover story of Soviet Life Magazine
- 1986: International Press Conference sponsored by Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado
- 1986: Dr. David Schramm, a world leader in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Chicago, a leading authority on the Big-Bang model on the formation of the universe, endorses OSOW
- 1989: OSOW receives Peace Award from the City of Ferrara, Italy
- 1989: Pope John Paul blesses OSOW and all World Kite-Fliers
- 1992: Kites fly in 1st peaceful protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
- 1996: NASA commemorates OSOW 10th anniversary, takes 1st kite into space on Space Shuttle “Endeavor”
- 1997: Jane Parker-Ambrose first woman admitted into “The Kiting Hall of Fame” at the World Kite Museum along with Ben franklin, Wright Brothers, Domina Jalbert (parafoil), Alexander Graham Bell
- 2000: UNESCO votes to accept OSOW into the DECADE OF NON-VIOLENCE activities
- 2001: The OSOW International Reporting Site is established on the internet by Tomas Jekel of Germany
- 2006: John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day, speaks at One Sky One World in Denver
- 2009: OSOW in Denver is linked live to other OSOW locations around the world via Skype and the internet. Earth Day Founder, John McConnell, at age 94 is linked to worldwide locations.
- 2010: DreamWorks Animation, in celebration of its feature adventure and peace movie, “How to Train Your Dragon”, honors the 25th Anniversary of One Sky One World 2010.
- 2012: Founder of One Sky One World, Mrs. Parker-Ambrose traveled to Paris, France, and was the first person ever recorded to fly a kite off the Eiffel Tower. She flew a kite made by Belgian architect and kite maker, Nest Lernout.