Over the last few days we have taken a look at how we were chosen to be involved with creating décor for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Christmas party, as well as looking in detail at the designs by Chris Horne and Dr Bob. Today we take a look at the Candy Arch design led by Sue Bowler.
Sue has been an instructor for Qualatex, the leading brand of balloons, for several year and the first person to train Samuel Stamp-Dod from VIP Balloons. Every year Sue is tasked with coming up with new and interesting designs using the very latest balloons manufactured by Qualatex for the biggest trade show in the UK; The Spring Fair.
“After reading the fantastic article, ‘Create Fabulous Foil Arches’ in Balloon Images” (a trade magazine for the balloon industry), “I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity for me and my team to recreate one of these amazing arches!” explained Sue.
“I loved the ‘Colourful Candy Surprise’ arch by Cam Woody, CBA, which was featured in the same article.
“Cam created an arch that incorporated all the Qualatex 18″ and 9″ Candy Swirl Microfoils attached in a random pattern that spread the colour throughout the design.” She continues, “I felt that these balloons would be perfect for the children; we would add a Christmas twist to the design, too!”
Sue started her build by setting the team to inflate, by air, the foil balloons to be used in the design. We were then asked to put an ‘H’ of packing tape on the reverse before attaching these to the arch poles with stronger gaffer tape. If we were not having to avoid latex balloons, due to the possible allergies of the children attending, these may have been held on using modelling balloons, speeding up the build, which ended up taking most of the day.
We split into two groups and worked from each foot, gradually building up the arch in a random, but balanced pattern, until we met at the middle. Once the larger 18” foil balloons were in place, smaller 9” balloons were added, some wrapped in cellophane to look more like sweets.
Once the arch was pushed into position over the main entrance, we added on some heals to the arch, giving it a more anchored feeling.
This day of building balloons for the children at GOSH was a true highlight of 2015 for us at VIP Balloons. Not only did we get to create something on a huge scale for a deserving audience, it meant that we were able to meet with professionals within our business from all over the UK.
Previously we have been met up with other balloon artists at several NABAS events, attended Spring Fairs and more recently joined in balloon training in aid of Dr Bob’s daughter, Layla Mae, who has been a frequent patient at GOSH. We have always found this industry to be one full of generous individuals who give of their time to support their colleagues as well those individuals and charities who need it and, we at VIP Balloons are very proud to be part of that.
If creating designs from balloons is of interest to you, please read Sue’s blogs. If you would like us to create something special for an event you are planning, please contact us and we will arrange a free consultation where we can come up for some designs for you.