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Mishpacha Junior Meets a Balloon Artist

Avigayil Sharer

I’ve heard of artists who use watercolors, oil paints, crayons, and even charcoal, but until I met Tzipora, owner of Jerusalem Balloons, I never heard of artists who use balloons. Bright, colorful, and cute, Tzipora’s balloon sculptures are always met with a smile. Come join me and find out about her wonderful creations.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

MJ: Hi Tzipora! Can you tell me how you learned to be a balloon artist?

Tzipora: Sure! I’ve always been creative: I like doing things with my hands. I even learned how to be a florist. Then a friend mentioned that she’d heard of a course on balloon sculpting. I thought that was a great idea, so I enrolled. One day a week for a whole year, I learned how to design balloon sculptures, how to work with balloons, and use machinery. I even took an exam at the end of the course.

 

MJ: An exam?!

Tzipora: Yes, which means I have letters after my name: CBA, or Certified Balloon Artist. When you pass the exam, people know that you’ve reached a professional standard. The exam consisted of three written tests and a practical test, where, among other things, I had to design and sculpt a table centerpiece. Besides for matching colors and shapes, I had to be careful not to make the centerpiece too high, because otherwise, people can’t see each other and might want to take it off the table!

 

MJ: In addition to centerpieces, what things do you know how to make?

Tzipora: When it comes to balloons, your imagination is the limit. I once went to a balloon conference where I saw a huge, 3D model of a knight on a horse. There was also a large house, surrounded by tiny green balloons that looked like grass, flowers, and a garden path.

We decorate halls for weddings and other simchahs, and make sculptures to send to people in the hospital. Recently, we made a model of a bubby and zeidy for a couple who just had their first grandchild.

 

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