Celebrity Kiters 2017
Don Mock is a kite maker from the Seattle area. He has taught many kite making classes and has won several awards for some of his innovative kites.
The team formed in 1988 and were named The Deptford Decorators on account of the painters overalls that they adopted as a uniform in rokakku battles. Deptford, an area in London near the Blackheath flying site used for team “practice” was dropped from the team name very early on. The team are sometimes affectionately known as The Decs.
The name “TKO Sport Kite Team” derived from the names of the first letters of the three different states, that the team’s original members lived in (Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma), in the United States of America.
Dale is a relative newcomer to flying kites. He has been flying for only about 10 years, but became extremely interested in flying and making them after attending a kite festival in Weifang , China.
Clara Kuhn (28) from Birmingham, England and Sebastian Jüttemeier (26) from Norderney, a small island off the North coast of Germany have been making and flying kites together since 2010.
Réjean Bibeau lives in Lévis, Quebec, after thirty years working on young public shows at the Grand Théâtre de Québec and at the Théâtre de Sable at the construction of puppets, sets, and accessories, he devoted himself, now retired, to the creation of kites that he paints himself. He also developed his technique fighter type Indian so he can make flat spin.
Terry Zee Lee is the founder of SkyWindWorld, and has transformed kites into public art exhibits and magical learning experiences in classrooms and community workshops for more than a decade.
Tim, from Nanoose Bay, B.C. is making his 3rd visit to Windscape. He has been flying kites for 15 years, and continues to hone his craft, experimenting with tails, double dual line kites and large single lines on the beaches in Parksville, B.C.
Bill has been flying single line kites all his life. Started out with Eddy type kites that his dad taught him how to make using small branches from bushes, newspaper and flower and water paste.
Barry and Susan Tislow, from Renton, Washington, have been flying kites for over twenty years. They are one of the founding members of Team Suspended Animation.
Ron is a graduate from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California (Honors) and worked in advertising for thirty years as an Advertising Art Director in Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, where he raised two children and lives with his wife Emily.
Got my first Rev 1 in early January of ’91. The same day was out in a snow suit, in a snow storm, trying to lay out 4 lines… been flying them ever since (just not usually in snow storms).
Donna and Fred Taylor from Port Colborne, Ontario enjoy getting out kite flying and sharing the experience whenever they can. Sewing unique kites when their children were young to fly at the local park opened up an outlet to explore the various styles of kites.
Tom White is from Winnipeg and got into kite making (with an artistic flair) and traction flying shortly after Y2K. Tom specializes in soft (sparless) kites, four, two and one liners, kites for serious traction/exercise/speed and kites for fun.
David Tuttle has been interested in kites since the late 1970s when at the Ontario College of Art he was assigned a kite design project. This piqued his interest and he eventually became totally involved in kites and kite flying.
Rolf Zimmermann is a master German kite maker. Rolf’s son, Achim Zimmermann, has been around kites since he was 5 years old. Mareike Schäfer is a quad-line kite flyer. Rolf’s partner, Ulrike Zara, helps Rolf with sewing the smaller kites, and can handle many of Rolf’s larger kites.
Andrea and Mike Rose (and family) have been enjoying kites for many years. From colourful single line kites to the thrill of multi-line sport kites, their favourite kite always seems to be the one they’re currently flying.
Sharon is an award winning kite builder and flyer and remains passionate about sharing her skills and sharing the joy of kites with anyone and everyone!
Raj grew up flying kites where kite flying was especially celebrated at Easter. He was exposed to a tradition of kite flying, not only as a recreational activity but as a form of leisure which brought friends and family together.
Don was bitten by the “Kiting Bug” in 1998 on a beach in Mexico. On his return home, he bought a single line delta kite, followed by a dual line kite and it has grown from there. Don enjoys building kites, doing flying demonstrations and other outings.
Ray Gowan is straight out of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and has become our resident Stunt Kite Expert. You might be able to catch him around the festival giving lessons and flying his stunt kite train in the dual line field.
Bev Dockrill, of Edmonton, Alberta, makes and flies single line kites and loves to come to the Windscape Kite Festival.
Bud Taylor, of Bentley, Alberta is Canada’s #1 Kite Guy. He’s also a very familiar face at Windscape, having attended every year since its inception — it’s the best in the West!
John Pollock is an Artist and Kitemaker. He has won the National Grand National Champion Award in kitemaking from the American Kitefliers Association four times with the most recent being in 2016.
Montreal’s Normand Girard has studied architecture and combined his training with his passion for kites to produce beautiful “animated wind sculptures”. He mixes the creative process with the science of flight to build delicate artworks to fly in the skies.
Dorothy and Andrei started flying kites in 1985, and building them a few years later.