Kite Activity Kits for Waltham Forest Residents
Kit Kite registration has now closed – thank you to everyone who donated and participated. Don’t forget to share your designs with us and become part of the Kit Kite Gallery.
The kites will coincide with this year’s reimagining of the festival that was due to take place in Lloyd Park – ‘Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air’.
KIT KITE is a specially designed activity kit, giving you the tools and materials to build your very own kite. Inspired by Japanese kite making traditions, this simple Kimono (sode) kite is made using a lashed stick frame, introducing traditional fastening techniques and light weight parachute material. We challenge you to design, construct and fly your own. Channel your message to the world, dedicate it to your hero and showcase your design and making skills.
How to Register:
– You must be a resident of Waltham Forest to receive a kit.
– Kits are free but we’re also raising money for local charity Mind Waltham Forest so if you’re able to make a £1 donation that would be great.
– Kits will be delivered the week of the 22nd June (first batch) and for the second batch, the week of the 13th July by the Zero Emissions Delivery service.
– Please note Kits are limited to one per household and are suitable for children aged +7 upwards.
How do I make my kite?
Your kit includes step by step instructions, but if you get stuck, you can watch this ‘How To Video’ which shows you all the stages.
Where can I get inspiration?
Stuck for where to start on your design? We commissioned ten makers to create their own kite using the kits. Each was selected for a different skillset – whether that be experience in textiles, collage, screen-printing, graphic design, architectural drawing etc. so there’s a great mix of styles and references to get inspired by. All live or have a connection to the borough.
What do I do once I’ve finished my kite?
Film it! Photograph it! Upload it to the Gallery!
We’d love you to upload an image of your kite to feature in our special online gallery, showcasing the range of amazing kites made by everyone across the borough. We’ve produced 1000 kits, so are looking forward to gathering them all together! Lets build the biggest online kite gallery the world has ever seen……
Remember to photograph or film your kites in ‘portrait’ format. They need to be 800 x 800 pixels ideally.
If you have access to a phone with a camera, film your kite in flight, send it to us via the dropbox link below as an MP4 (check your settings – we recommend shooting at 1080p HD at 30fps.) . We will be making a short film capturing a whole range of kites made across the borough, to be sent to you all on the weekend of the Walthamstow Garden Party – 18th/19th July.
Select your area below and click on the link which will take you to a dropbox folder where you can upload your film and images:
Share your picture on social media using the hashtags #blackhorsekitkite #virtualculture #WGPInTheAir
The Kit Kite Project was commissioned by Waltham Forest Council as part of Waltham Forest Virtual Culture programme designed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funded by the Great Place Scheme. Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air is produced by the Barbican in partnership with London Borough of Waltham Forest, and with the support of Arts Council England