Following a multi-disciplinary art and design education in the 1960’s, Michael spent over 20 years in the professional world of design. First as an interior designer, then as a
graphic designer and photographer, ultimately establishing his own UK design company. Michael has throughout his professional career maintained a strong interest in fine art.
Exhibiting his paintings and drawings in art galleries, including London, Manchester and Amsterdam. In addition to working in the field of design he spent 25 years working within
education, lecturing in visual communication and new media design. The chance discovery of David Pelham’s Penguin book of kites in the early 1980’s was the catalyst to him
spending the next 35 years exploring the remarkable world of kites. His inspiration for kite design in the early years came from frequent visits to the British Museum in London,
where a whole world of ethnographic design presented the opportunity to develop colorful surface design for his kites. In the late 1990’s Michael’s teaching of the use of color and
composition lead him towards a more personal abstract approach in his work. Inspiration came from the urban environment, architecture and his travel to other countries.
While using contemporary materials such as carbon fiber and rip stop, he also frequently uses painting, photography and printing techniques to create his kites.
Before constructing a kite he produces many design ideas in sketchbooks, believing that drawing plays an essential part in the development of ideas. He has over 30 sketchbooks in his collection.
Since 2004 he has traveled extensively with his kites, as guest kite flyer at kite festivals including Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Israel, India, Thailand, Malaysia and across Europe.
More about Michael’s kites can be found at www.idesignkites.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Fight for Flight is Finally Finished – Time for You to Come Join the Fun
After an on-again, off-again, 20+ year battle, kite buggies, blokarts and other wind powered vehicles are allowed to run on portions of Washington State beaches thanks to a ruling made on March 26, 2015 by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
We enthusiasts want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Project Manager Randy Kline for taking the time to become acquainted with, review, hold meetings and report on our ventures in order to make an informed decision and ultimately revise the rules concerning these activities.
For a copy of the area maps and guidelines established by the Washington State Parks Department, please go to http://napka.org/resources.php and scroll down to the Washington State Beaches section.
Now that beach buggying is official, we would like to invite anyone who is interested to come on down and see a demonstration of the fun that you can have when wind and wheels get together! We’ll be out all week during the Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) on the hard-pack at the end of Sid Snyder Way to show you what it is all about and answer any questions that you may have. Come on down – you won’t regret it.