Eagle on Eddy
Eagle on Eddy

by Alicja

Crane on Eddy
Crane on Eddy

by Alicja

Bird couple on Eddy
Bird couple on Eddy

by Alicja

Kiekendief on Eddy
Kiekendief on Eddy

by Alicja

Lockdown, birds and Eddy kites

March, 2021

The end of February 2020 was a breakthrough time. On the 28th of February we left Gdansk for good with the plan to start our new life in the Netherlands, with a stop for 2 weeks at my parents' lakeside house.

Just then the first lockdown started and 2 weeks turned into 3 months. Time passed on walks around the lake and in my Dad's kite workshop. 

The lake is a habitat for many birds species, which inspired me to work on the Birds on Eddy designs. 

The birds on the first three kites were captured on Szymon's photos from our travels. Eagle from Łeba dunes in Poland, crane from Pasir Gudang in Malaysia and a bird couple from Hyderabad in India. 

Eagle
Eagle

Łeba dunes, Poland

Bird Couple
Bird Couple

Hyderabad, India

Crane
Crane

Pasir Gudang, Malaysia

When I posted the first Eddy's photo on my Facebook profile in March 2020, someone asked if I could share the making process for that kite. And that was a spark that started all the fun around this project. I found a way to satisfy my need of doing something to help people during this hard time of isolation!

I finished all 3 kites and prepared a step-by-step instruction with pictures which I then published on Facebook.

The response went far beyond my expectations. To date, about 30 kites have been created already in many parts of the world and in most creative colour combinations. And more Eddys are still being build! What a joy!

In July 2020 the Bird on Eddy no.4 was born! A Kiekendief over Lemelerberg designed by Riks Siemons. It has also been reproduced by some wonderful kite-makers, including myself at last! 

And that is not the end! Bird on Eddy no.5 has already been designed and I'll build it in the near future. Stay tuned!

Alicja and Riks
Alicja and Riks

working on Kiekendief on Eddy

PDF MANUAL

The project will continue as long as there are people willing to be part of it. And I hope we will fly our Eddys together one day! 

 

Would you like to join us and build your Birds on Eddy? Here you can download the instructions manual (PDF).

The full-size templates for all designs are available on request. If you wish to build your Birds on Eddy, just email me at alicja@szalsky.eu, and I'll send you the templates.

Take a look at the Eddys built by some fantastic kitemakers from various corners of the world!

Have you already built your Bird on Eddy and would like to share the photos? Fantastic! You can email them to alicja@szalsky.eu.

Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Maria Isabel Niño
Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Maria Isabel Niño
Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Maria Isabel Niño
Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Maria Isabel Niño
Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Maria Isabel Niño
Maria Isabel Niño

Bogota, Colombia

Matthias Grammel

Germany

Matthias Grammel
Matthias Grammel

Germany

Matthias Grammel
Matthias Grammel

Germany

Matthias Grammel
Matthias Grammel

Germany

Matthias Grammel
Matthias Grammel

Germany

Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Holger Friedrichs
Holger Friedrichs

Germany

Javier Hernandez

Colombia

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Colombia

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Colombia

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Colombia

Clive Goodswen

United Kingdom

Clive Goodswen
Clive Goodswen

United Kingdom

Clive Goodswen
Clive Goodswen

United Kingdom

Clive Goodswen
Clive Goodswen

United Kingdom

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann
Gerhard & Daniela Zitzmann

Austria

Gareth Williams

United Kingdom

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

United Kingdom

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

United Kingdom

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

United Kingdom

David Thompson

United Kingdom

David Thompson
David Thompson

United Kingdom

David Thompson
David Thompson

United Kingdom

Don Sinclair

United Kingdom

Don Sinclair
Don Sinclair

United Kingdom

Markus & Lara Münstermann

Germany

Markus Münstermann
Markus Münstermann

Germany

Riks Siemons

The Netherlands

Riks Siemons
Riks Siemons

The Netherlands

Riks Siemons
Riks Siemons

The Netherlands

Riks Siemons
Riks Siemons

The Netherlands

Riks Siemons
Riks Siemons

The Netherlands