The Little Cloud Kite Story
My mission through Little Cloud Kites is to create art that lifts spirits, and to inspire a renaissance of the sacred practice of kite-flying.
During my discovery of the history of kites, I learned they were revered in the East as vehicles for sending blessings and well-wishes. Kites deserve a rediscovery in our Western culture as a simple, yet profound tool, for getting us outdoors, lifting spirits, and providing us with the means to engage in a journey of discovery between our selves and sky. I feel kiting can be a contemplative practice.
Some of my passions in addition to kite-making include organic agriculture and ecological building, so it was important to me to create kites using only natural materials. After searching and procuring the most responsibly manufactured sustainable materials, as well as working tirelessly to make a great flying kite, I am very pleased to share Little Cloud Kites with you.
I hope Little Cloud Kites may embolden you to begin the quiet ritual of becoming attentive to the wind. May you find the parks, fields and beaches near you, that will best allow you to commune with the sky, through your kite, like I do.
We work with a local sewist, Kirsten Wellmann, to create the kite sails. She moved to New Brunswick from Germany, where she worked as a sewist in the music industry.
Our sails are made from an organic cotton fabric originating from India, sourced through the very capable Laura Chenoweth of Halifax. Tightly woven cotton was used in Western kites long before the current use of ripstop nylon. Cotton has a subtle fluttering sound in the wind, unlike the "chip-bag-in-flight" that nylon fabric can make.
The classic, simple wooden spools for our kites' strings are hand-turned on a lathe by my wonderful, capable neighbor Robert Milheron. As a carpenter, he can build a house from scratch, but finds time to help us, thank goodness. The string on every spool is a lovely red hemp cord.
Our wood for the spools and spars comes from FSC certified woodlots managed by Jim & Margaret Drescher of Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia.