Brewer became involved in kiting in 1985. She
has been invited to countless events throughout the
country to fly her kites, run events, judge kite makers’ competitions, or
teach classes on kite building, knot tying, kite flying, rokkaku kite and battle
techniques. Additionally, her skills at teaching and leading children in kite
making have made her a favorite attraction at festivals all around the country.
In her kite circles, Ronda is known as the “Tyvek Queen” for her use of
DuPont Tyvek in the construction of her award-winning, hand-painted creations.
She is a fierce competitor on the rokkaku kite battlefield, where her aggressive
and determined style has earned her the nickname “The Taz.” Her motto: “I
may eventually look my age, but I will never act it!” Her newest passion is
for indoor kite flying. She has been an organizer of the Lincoln City Indoor
Kite Festival for the past five years.
Johnson has been flying kites for several years. The first serious bite
of the kiting bug came along when his wife, Ronda Brewer, went to work for
Lincoln City’s Catch the Wind Kites in 1985. As with many other kite fliers,
he got hooked first on dual line sport kites. He flew for the enjoyment and
challenge of getting his kite to do things that he had never seen anyone else
do. While Ronda was at Catch the Wind she got him involved with her children’s
kite making and other kite making activities.
He accompanied her to some festivals but, for the most
part, he was known
as "The Phantom” –
conspicuous in his absence from those events. In
1997, he became more visible and matured into a single line kite flier and kite
One of his first creations,
a painted fabric and sewn appliquéd della Porta kite named “Zegalope”,
earned him the Mixed Media honors at the 1999 American Kitefliers Association
the years Ronda and Lindsey have collaborated to create many unique and
innovative products. In 2004 they launched their company, PhantomStarDesign.com.
Their Tyvek no-sew kite kits are used in workshops around the world by
schoolteachers for science and art classes, for corporate teambuilding
exercises, by artists, and as individual kite projects for all ages. These kits
allow the builder to enjoy the experience of creating their own kite without the
need to know how to sew. Their goal is to bring kite making to the masses.
and Lindsey are members Lincoln City Kite Friendship Association (LCKFA), are
board members of the Associated Oregon Kiters (AOK) and are members of the
American Kite Flyers Association (AKA). Ronda serves on the Lincoln City Parks
and Recreation advisory board. Lindsey is a current board member and past
president of the Oregon Coast Soap Box Derby