Unexpected Inspiration: Kites Indoors and in Art

Unexpected Inspiration: Kites Indoors and in Art

Kim R. McCormick
Mar 25, 2011

One of my favorite childhood memories is walking out my bedroom door one morning to see a giant, multicolored kite hanging above our foyer as an Easter present. Now I've got these festive harbingers of spring on the brain again, because this Sunday is the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall.

While my kite didn't stay hung up long in my house — I was too eager to take it outside and fly it with my dad — they do make fun and unexpected decorations inside. Whether it's just for a party, as in Image 2, or a more permanent addition to your ceiling or walls, kites embody colorful craftsmanship.

The first image is of a children's store, but kites aren't just whimsy for kids. In particular, the prints shown in Images 6, 7, and 8 (by Paul Octavius, Brandi Strickland, and JKL Design, respectively), bring an adult point of view. Octavius's "Kite Hill" can also give you a little idea what Sunday's festival is like — just imagine the Capitol in the background. (There's also a "hot tricks showdown" and a kite battle!)

Images 1. Weego Baby 2. Alliwell Studios 3. Antigua Daily Photo 4. SammyBee via Apartment Therapy 5. Yoote 6. Paul Octavius for 20x200 7. Brandi Strickland 8. JKLDesign 9. 5. Julianna Bright 10. DoubleParlour

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