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. 

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!

Birds on Eddy train | Riks Siemons
Birds on Eddy train by Riks Siemons

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!

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.

Don Sinclair

United Kingdom

Markus & Lara Münstermann

Germany

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