The Ichiban has received a new/alternative graphics treatment. The new pattern will be offered (at least for now), along with the classic design.
Is it odd that I love making patterns? If I had to pick one thing that I enjoy the most about making kites (besides watching someone fly one of my designs with a big grin on their face), it would be making patterns. Maybe it’s because once I get a design to the point where I can do final refinements on the pattern, the rest of the process can be put on autopilot. Cutting, scraping and sanding the edges of a perfect progressive curve, making sure to leave enough of an entrance flat to make it easy to hem the edge smoothly and repeatably? Yeah, probably a little odd, but I’m OK with that. 😉
Longer version – I’m not publishing a colorizer for the kites. I know, for some people, it’s a good tool to help visualize color combinations. I prefer to be involved in the process of coming up with custom color combinations for those so inclined.
My eventual goal is to build the majority of my kites on spec, vs. building everything to order. I want to continue to take commissions for custom kite colors but plan on being more hands-on (and perhaps more restrictive) about the way kites look when they leave my studio. Simply put, I have a way that I’d like for my kites to look.