Heart Kite

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I created this five foot-wide kite out of recycled material from a discarded parachute I found in front of an elementary school. This is one of my first attempts in inflatable sculpture that does not require a mechanical air source (like a fan). The pattern is a flowform kite, a variation on a foil design consisting of cells that inflate. This is my foray into designing more elaborate airborne sculptures.

The Bluebird of Happiness

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The Bluebird of Happiness was featured in Livingston, Montana’s 2016 4th of July Parade, submitted on behalf of myself, artists Julie Haas and Trenton Duerksen, and friends Walter, Ben and Julia. This piece was created in 24 hours. The materials include floral sheeting, hula hoops, my handmade inflatable wings, garlands, cardboard, hot glue, and a flatbed trailer. Although we did not win the competition, we succeeded at creating an exuberant feat of teamwork and spirit overnight.