“Angelina” is a kite I built after being inspired by the works of Olivier Reymond of Switzerland and “kelvin” from the kitebuilder.com forums. I have been looking for a way to transform photographs into easily appliqued images for sometime now and I think I have finally hit on a solution. I have often seen posterized photgraphs of faces and wondered how they were done (Andy Warhol’s work comes to mind). I stumbled across a few tutorials on how to create these images using photoshop and started playing around and coming up with my own method. I knew that I wanted the kite to depict a beautiful face, but I wanted the face to have interesting features that would really stand out when converted to this highlight and shadow format. After hours of searching I found a wonderful photo of Angelina Jolie, Angelina’s big eys and lips made for excellent recognizable features and the photo was slightly over exposed which helped keep the detail low. After some tweaking and many different versions I settled on an image and started the applique process.
The kite is based on Frank Ludwig’s Poster Kite and is also called a Ohashi variant by folks from the North West US coast. The kite is great fun to fly and has just enough movement to keep you guessing. It would be very stable with a tail, but I like the way she dances in the sky!