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.
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!