The Gayla Eye-Spy

The Gayla Eye-Spy

Ching-Ling & Ting-Ling
Maybe it was the childhood story of Ting-Ling and Ching-Ling  and their owl kite in the book, “Children of Foreign Lands”?
Maybe it was the Gayla Eye-Spy kite staring down at me?
Maybe it was my lingering suspicion that I was a kite-maker in a previous life?

Whatever it was, I have a love for kites.

For a while, though, I left kites behind. I planned to make my way through my studies in cinematography, and pop out the other end with a career. Instead I had a major departure.

I began homesteading in the country.

Organic farming, off-grid living, building naturally; all of these became my everyday focus for over 20 years.  But even from the very beginning of my agricultural journey, a one-eyed russian agronomist friend saw right through me, often saying quizzically, “You’re not farmer!”


Right. I am not a farmer.

I am an artist, and my canvas is a kite. And because I am a part of the green movement, they are natural kites of organic Indian cotton.

I have learned that a kite is an ancient tool for uplifting spirits.  And I believe that art must be used to uplift people's spirits as well.

Also, I truly believe that the entire process of flying a kite can be a healthy, contemplative practice; by process I mean finding the time to fly, watching for wind, journeying to an open space (preferably on foot or by bike), unfurling and preparation for flight, the effort to launch, time spent observing the heavens, and finally, the process of reeling in and returning home.

I hope you will buy a natural kite and make kite flying part of your life.

Wishing you the best,

Leland Wong-Daugherty

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