“Give me enough time and enough balloons and I can create almost anything for you”
That’s a pretty big claim for a balloon artist to make, however, Samuel Stamp-Dod of VIP Balloons feels he can. But how?
Samuel first trained in balloon art back in 2000 and has continued to invest in his development ever since. Up until this year, Samuel has only trained in balloon décor, receiving his CBA (Certified Balloon Artist), after several months of training and exams, back in 2001. Each year he attends conferences and training seminars to ensure he keeps up to date and on top of trends within the industry.
Last month however, inspired by his colleagues, Samuel attended his first ‘Twisting’ course. Twisting, more commonly known as ‘balloon modelling’, is usually thought of as making dogs and swords but you will be amazed at what can be made from balloons.
Up until now, Samuel had been self-taught when it came to twisting, following instructions from books and videos. He had learnt how to do the basics and, if asked for a particular model, would always reverse-engineer from photos of finished designs.
On 1st February 2016, Samuel travelled at the way to Bristol to take part in The Tony Twist Lecture, hosted by The Balloon Artistes Guild. Tony Twist is a profession twister from Hemel Hempstead and well respected by fellow twisters throughout the world.
The one day course was focusing on using the much bigger modelling balloons. Most balloons used for twisting are two inches wide by sixty inches long, whereas these ones used on the course were six inches wide and much more difficult to use.
“I have experimented with these bigger balloons before,” explained Samuel, “but always found the difficult to twist, so had shied away from them. Tony’s course showed me how I could incorporate them with the 360q [three inches by sixty inches balloons] to make some fantastic models”.
As well as being shown how to create models, the course was also hands-on, giving all the class valuable experience in performing the difficult twists. Samuel plans to use the skills he learnt in both his décor and when being asked to build sculptures and make models at parties.
If you have an event planned and want to challenge him to make something unique for you, please contact us.