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
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.
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.
The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame plays hard during WSIKF, Kite making, Kite flying, Auction Fundraising, Hall of Fame induction Ceremony, New Exhibits, Kite parties and more! Come out and enjoy!
The World Kite Museum
AUCTION & TRIBUTE!
Saturday August 22nd
Long Beach Elks Lodge 106 N Pacific Way
It’s time to laugh and joke about the week with old and new friends and to share what’s going on in the coming kite year and to show your support of the Kite Museum.
Tickets are available during the week at the Museum ($25) and at the door. Sales are limited to 200 tickets. We would love it if you would wear an outfit in the cellular kites theme. Be sure to check out the bag and silent auctions before the loud auction. Doors open for no-host bar at 5:30 and dinner service begins at 7:00 pm. Silent Auctions close @ 7 p.m, loud and bawdy begins @ 8 p.m.
Get your tickets early!
You can order online until August 15th. After that, please purchase your tickets by phone (360/642-4020), or in person at the Museum.