Bas Vreeswijk lives with his wife Sara in Haaksbergen. It’s a small town in the eastern part of the Netherlands. About 35 years ago Bas began building and flying kites again. Before that time he flew kites as a little boy in Amsterdam. He had to fly his kites in the street or in a park with a lot of trees. They were just ordinary Eddy kites at the time and they were constructed from wrapping paper and wood.
Now Bas builds modern kites using ripstop-nylon. He mainly build kites in the Edo style. He likes the bridles of these kites and he likes to cover the surface with sophisticated graphics. Bas uses applique techniques to make the illustrations. Applique is a multi-layer technique that comes from sewing different colors of ripstop together and cutting away what isn’t needed to build the illustration.
Bas and his wife travel a lot and visit many kite festivals. Recently, Cervia-Italy, Dieppe-France, Dieppe-Canada, Fanó-Danmark, Ahmedebad-India, Balikpapan-Borneo, Bedford, Clethorps, Wirral and Sunderland-Great Britain, Niagara Falls-USA and many more.
In the past few years Bas have combined his two hobbies, kite flying and photography. This is called Kite Aerial Photography or in short KAP. He connects a camera to his flying line and takes pictures from above.