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kites artists profiles

Infinite Arts specialises in kite-making, kite projects and kite festivals and this work is led by Pauline Taylor and Frances Anderson with support from Joy Sanders, Emma Norris, Lucy Harland and Gill Laverick.

Pauline Taylor

Pauline Taylor is a kite maker with an international reputation, who receives invitations to fly her kites at events around Europe each year. Many of her kites are based on an architectural theme with Greek temples, Roman columns and Italianate churches. She also runs workshops for adults and young people in particular focussing on developing a creative approach and making kites from recycled and everyday materials.

Having trained as sculptor in Sunderland University for several years Pauline subsequently worked with Sunderland Council as an arts officer where her responsibilities included co-ordinating the Sunderland International Kite Festival for several years.

In 1994 Pauline developed The European Air Gallery project for Sunderland City Council. with European funding and sponsorship from Air UK. This involved commissioning artists from different European countries to paint EDO style kites which were flown to form a gallery in the sky. The European Air Gallery is still flying but is now owned and maintained by the North East Kite Fliers.

Pauline started kite making in 1995 when she realised that she could combine visual arts skills with designing, sewing and painting and could learn about kites along the way. As she visited various kite festivals with the European Air Gallery, she saw that many kitefliers carried a wide range of kites with something for almost every wind condition. She decided to make a delta and her first kite was based on the mock Greek Temple of Penshaw Monument. She went on to develop a range of painted kites with an architectural theme but more recently has been exploring new materials using thin voiles and feathers.  She has been invited in recent years to kite festivals in France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Sicily, Luxembourg and Austria.

Frances Anderson from the UK

Frances studied fashion and textiles at Northumbria University and went on to design textiles and selling her own range of fashion, knitwear and accessories to the London market, galleries and private commissions. Frances worked in adult education and management for a few years before embarking on a freelance career in arts and arts education. She currently runs creative workshops in textiles and kites for all ages as well as project management and evaluation. Her interest in kites enables her to combine textiles techniques with sculptural forms in her miniature kites.

Frances has developed projects with schools working with teachers and with pupils using kites as an introduction to creative learning.

In her own work, Frances concentrates on very small kites made using bamboo and paper which she decorates using a variety of techniques based on her textile knowledge including batik and shibori.

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