Windscape Kite Festival

June 24 & 25, 2023 · 10am to 5pm · Swift Current, SK

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Kathy Goodwind

Kathy Goodwind has her degree in Medical Technology, (the person who analyzes your blood), but found more of herself when she started making Kites in Seattle Washington. At first it was just a lark but then she came up with a kite that people loved and wanted to buy. That was in 1976. Kite designing, making and flying became a way of life for 42 years and she is not done yet.

During those years Kathy was able to design more kites and very soon was making a living making kites and called her business Suspended Elevations. Pretty soon she was able to produce a catalog that included The Starflake, Asteroid, Super Nova, Rainbow Aerial star, the PopKan, the Astro fighter, and a series of Dual line kites. 2001 was the year manufacturing went to China.

Manufacturing ended but then Kathy turned her attention to The Gasworks Park Kite shop, which was one of the major retail kite stores in Seattle. She also became known worldwide for kite making supplies and the book she compiled with her son Todd which became what people called the Bible of kite making supplies. She sold the Goodwind’s Kite making Supplies business in 2007.

During this time she also helped to enlarge the kite community by serving on the Board of Directors for both the American Kitefliers Association and The Kite Trade Association International. She was also instrumental in forming the Fort Worden Kite makers Retreat with Doug Hagaman and Jack Van Gilder. It is now known as the Fort Worden Kite makers Conference. She was hired by the city of Long Beach Washington to organize the first International Stunt Kite Competitions in the Northwest. Kathy continued to travel to Kite Festivals as well as teach at other kite retreats.

In 2012 the doors of The Gasworks Kite Shop were closed forever and Kathy retired. She has been studying sculpture and now belongs to the Magrath sculpture Atelier at Gage Academy. There is one last kite that she has to do.


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