Karl & Sara Longbottom (United Kingdom)
A popular couple on the international kite circuit and regular visitors to #CTKiteFest, Karl and Sara Longbottom have participated in kite festivals all over the world (Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and Thailand).
They initially toyed with kites when their children were young, but two decades later and Karl is a full-time, award-winning kite-maker and highly respected for design and innovation.
Working from home in Dorstone, a small village on the English/Welsh border, Karl produces a range of both traditional and new designs. These include the old favourites; Rokkakus, Rollers, Pipas, Hexagons, Altitude Sprint Kites, Box Kites, Edos and the Papillion. Karl's own designs include Red Kites, Pants, Yakko Bees, Owls, Delta Sleds, Angels, Swans, Tangrams, Shorts, Vests and Pterodactyls plus a larger version of his Delta Sled, specifically for aerial photography with its high angle of flight and stability. This design won the Edwardian Kite Competition at the Wirral Kite Festival in June 2009.
Karl shares his skills by running kite workshops for children and adults at schools and kite groups, in the UK and abroad. He is the main organiser of the Herefordshire Kite Festival and organised the International Kite Festival held at Penalta Parc, Wales in September 2007. For the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony they created a 15m boat in four sections carried by 16 people. They made the 8m butterfly wings for Coldplay’s performance at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games.