I did business as Blue Moon Kites (BMK) from 1999-2012. I shuttered BMK in the spring of 2012. I pulled the plug because the business hadn’t been viable for a couple years. It became a game of propping it up by doing “limited edition” kite runs, which usually sold to the same handful of friends and regulars. Between these mini-boom periods were long months of barely getting by. It got to the point where even the specials and discounts weren’t enough to sustain a failed business.
Perhaps even more critical was the fact that I felt myself “phoning it in” for the last several years, having lost the passion for something that I’d once enjoyed as much as anything I’d done. The new century had brought changes to the sport kite hobby. It went from being social and inclusive, with teams and pairs, and open festivals and competitions, to being about solo flying and technical tricks. I found myself at a point where I no longer had the flying skills to develop new designs at that “cutting edge.” More importantly, I didn’t want to. Time to make a new plan.
After closing BMK, I took some time off to figure out what to do next. Since day one in kiting, the “hobby” part, for me, was designing an occasional single liner to keep the creative spark alive. In 2013, the hobby became a my primary focus, and I devoted myself to the art of single line kites. There have been, honestly, as many failures as victories with new designs, but, I must say that the last few years have been some of my most challenging, rewarding, and fun times in kiting.
So, why Blue Moon Kites, again? Simply, it just feels right, like coming home at the end of the day and slipping on that faded old blue shirt. The sting of closing the business in 2012 has softened, and the new direction has finally put me in a pretty good place. I’m more optimistic and focused than I’ve been in a long time. The designs are starting to come again, after a long dry spell. Plus, isn’t “Blue Moon Kites”(and Moonie) just more comfortable and fun than kmacfab? 😉
I’ll still be using Ken McNeill Fab as the “back end” of things. Credit card receipts, etc. will say Ken McNeill Fab. I’ll also be using that name for “outside” work, but more on that later.