Earlier this week we were invited to join with other balloon artists from throughout the UK to create some amazing balloon décor for the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Christmas party. We have already given you an overview of the event and gone through the designs by Chris Horne and today we take a look at the creations designed by Dr Bob.
Dr Bob is a leading balloonist, starting his creations in 1995 and, as well as being a founder member of The Green Balloon Club he has also been chairman of NABAS, the balloon association.
Bob was given the task of creating designs to hang over the seating areas of the room. Unlike the designs created by Chris Horne and Sue Bowler, Bob didn’t have the choice of materials from the manufacturers, Qualatex and Anagram, he was given the left-overs from previous events!
Qualatex and Anagram have been supporting BAPIA by providing the materials used for the GOSH parties since they started in 2010 and, as you would expect, there is always some spare balloons. Bob was given these spares and had to come up with designs to fill the space.
One of the first designs to be created was some giant Christmas presents. These were made from six star point foil balloons, tied in each corner to form a cube. These were then wrapped with material taken from metallic table cloths to form the ‘ribbon’ and bow. Tied with monofilament (fishing line) they were then secured to the ceiling using magnets, ensuring there was no damage.
We also took several Christmas supershapes, such as the reindeer, Santa and snowmen heads and added on foil tapers and bows to create hanging mobiles. These details not only enhanced the designs, but also hid the joints and filling nozzles, giving them a much better finish.
Using the remaining balloons, we also created some star point mobiles and Christmas discs, all of which were held up by magnates.
Tomorrow we will take a final look at the experience in London when we look in detail at the Candy Arch created by Sue Bowler and her team.