Community Kite Project

Designers and social innovators Tom Tobia, Jo Peel and Christopher Jarratt are bringing together leading illustrators and the public in a free Community Kite Project.

Community Kite Project
Community Kite Project

Bound together by, variously, good intentions, Pritt Stick, joy and string, a week long festival of kite making and decorating workshops has been declared.

Workshops are centred around learning, making and taking home. It’s free and money made from the sale of kites decorated by artists including Kid Acne, Jon Fox, and Hattie Stewart will be put straight back into the next event.

Designer and organiser Christopher Jarratt
Designer and organiser Christopher Jarratt

Tobia says, ‘We believe that striving for family time, more wholesome outdoor pursuits and exploring imagination are worthwhile and worthy goals. We also feel that the best way to encourage people to do so is to show them how much fun it can be rather then beating them over the head with negative rhetoric.

‘It is true that more and more people are less and less engaged with the world around them, and in particular with each other, and while we embrace technology and what it brings to everyone, we believe in the power of bringing people together, in being outdoors and flying kites.’

Community Kite Project
Community Kite Project

Tobia and his team are keen to point out that kite-making won’t bring epiphanic enlightenment or sweeping social change, but that it does conjure the spirit of ‘freedom, the outdoors, imagination and possibility.’

The Community Kite Project takes place from 1-7 March, at Studio 54 Architecture, 54 Rivington Street, London, EC2

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