Posted: September 17, 2005
From very early age, I have been fascinated with kite-making. When I was a young teenager, I build a kite with my uncle that was 6 feet tall.
Of course traditional kite making processes are quite understood. But aerodynamics is something which is highly fascinating and easily accessible as a study to anyone who wants to build a kite. Below you can see my initial 3-D renderings of the kite.
Some of the parameters that were involved are the use of tetrahedral forms in a fractal array. The foundation of my design was loosely based on crystallography, and the optical illusion of a crystal. I wanted to try to create a kite that would disappear in the sky.
Here you can see the initial design of the kite in full model, compared to a crystal in an inverted image.
Here you see the second design, which moved more towards function, and natural elements of design in-flight, and moved away from the initial ideas of optical illusion.
You can see my experimentation with different types of joint-making. On the right you can see all of the bubble tea straws that I collected and recycled from a local bubble tea shop.