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Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:28:32 AM »
It's a Balloon World After All - Egypt

هلا, كيف حالك؟
Hala, kaifa haluka? This week I am taking a look at a fascinating country with an amazing history, it is Egypt.

In the bottom left of my picture I have an Ankh, this is an ancient hieroglyphic symbolising life, this symbol was seen all across Egypt and often in many other countries. The Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying the Ankh by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest.

Above the Ankh I have created another well known symbol, the Eye of Horus, it is a symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Horus was the ancient Egyptian sky god who was usually depicted as a falcon.

The Scarab Beetle was considered sacred during ancient Egyptian times, they are now commonly known as Dung beetles, amulets were created to look like the Scarabs and were used for trading, for decoration and for lots of other ceremonies.

At the top of my picture I have created a version of the Suez Canal, I think this marvel of engineering has a truly fascination history, opened in 1869 it is the main route for shipping between the Mediterranean and the Red sea. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was originally designed for the northern entrance of the Suez Canal? As you can see in my version of the Suez Canal I have created 3 ships from different ages, the sailing ship was the first to travel through the canal, next we have the passenger liner, and finally the modern cargo ship.

My Egyptian man is a Pharaoh, He is wearing his traditional golden head dress and even has his little beard.
Until next time, مع السلامة - ma’a ssalama!

Picture Gallery / Re: Rob Driscoll lecture for the United Twisters
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:54:29 PM »
One of the sculptures ended up n the shop, also I had help from some of Dennis and Ingrid's cats, 4 helpers in all.

Picture Gallery / Re: Rob Driscoll lecture for the United Twisters
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:16:31 AM »
Someone made a mini version of me :D

Picture Gallery / Re: Rob Driscoll lecture for the United Twisters
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:54:06 PM »
Another ship and more mini people being made.

Picture Gallery / Rob Driscoll lecture for the United Twisters
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:52:24 PM »
Hello all, I was lucky enough to be invited over to do a workshop for the United Twisters in the Netherlands, I thought you might like to see the photos.

Here is the Hall gradually filling up. we started with the little series of ships I teach and then my mini people from my current project.

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Wallie de Groote 27/28th March 2018
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:35:38 PM »
Now I cant remember a thing about Amanda's cheese entry but just that it was so funny at the day.

I think it was the baby cheeses (baby Jesus) 😁

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:45:22 PM »
It's a Balloon World After All - South Africa

Molo, This week I am heading back to the African continent and I am taking a look at a very diverse country with a fascinating history, It is South Africa.  With such an interesting history and diverse culture it was difficult for the to decide what to make out of balloons however I decided to mainly focus on the largest ethnic group of South Africa, the Zulu people.

First of all in the top left I have a pair of Assegai, they are a traditional Zulu spear or javelin used in hunting or warfare and are names after the tree they are made from, the Assegai tree.

Masks of all shapes and sizes can be found across the African continent and are used for ceremonial, spiritual and religious events. A special status is given to the people who create the masks and to those that wear them in ceremonies. In most cases, mask-making is an art form that is passed on from father to son. African masks come in all different colours, such as red, black, orange, and brown.

One of the most well known sights across Africa and South Africa is the Baobab tree, This incredible tree has adapted to survive the harsh dry environments, it stores moisture in the huge trunk enabling it to produce a nutritious fruit, this is how the Baobat became known as "The Tree of Life".

My little person is a Zulu tribesman, he is wearing a leopard skin headpiece and is carrying a traditional Nguni shield, these are usually made from cow-hide and should be carried in the left hand.

until next week, Hamba Kahle

Balloon Chit Chat / Re: BALLOON CHAT OFF LINE
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:41:36 PM »
Looks good Spikey :D

Balloon Chit Chat / Lego Balloon Man
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:13:45 PM »
You may have seen the little lego balloon clown doing the rounds on social media, well I liked him but not as a clown so I created my own version to look like my Bowtie Balloon Guy character.

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: April 08, 2018, 11:15:05 PM »
It's a Balloon World After All - Netherlands

Goedendag, Hoe gaat het?

I like the Netherlands, I am lucky that my ballooning has taken me to the Netherlands twice so far and I am excited to be going again in a couple of weeks time. I had two options when planning this picture, the easy option or the hard option. I could have thought long and hard about 3 or 4 things to make from balloons, maybe a boy with his finger in a dam? or some Gouda? how about some Delft or a Van Gogh? nope, I took the easy route and I chose the 3 most obvious things I could think of, Tulips, Clogs and Windmills.

I recently saw my friend Dave (a balloon man) make a tulip and after talking to Twistina (a balloon lady) about her Tulip design I kind of created a version half way between the 2. I have strolled through the flower market in Amsterdam a few times but I have yet to see the tulip fields, Maybe next time.

My Windmill is based on one I saw Pieter Van Engen make, he made a fantastic scene sometime ago and I loved it, I have made my design slightly different but it is heavily inspired by Pieter. I saw a couple of Windmills during my last visit to the Netherlands, in the beautiful town of Leiden. During my first visit to the Netherlands I was taken to the amazing Open Air museum in historic Arnhem by Ingrid and Dennis, several windmills can be seen here.

Next we have a Clog, Wallie gave me the idea at a recent balloon event so thanks Wallie for reminding me of this design, would you believe it is made from a heart shaped balloon?

The Orange border of this picture is a nod to several things, Most importantly it is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. Orange is the colour of the Netherlands Football team home shirt, also the colour is also a nod to one of the greatest musicals I have ever seen, 'Soldaat van Oranje' is a technical marvel and mind blowing theatrical creation and an incredible story that I recommend to everyone.

Finally we have the lady in traditional Dutch costume, costumes vary across the country but the lady here is wearing a traditional hat, this would often be made of lace or stiff material, I think they are called Square hats. She is also wearing her long black dress with a white lace front.

Tot de volgende keer, doei

Balloon Chit Chat / Re: BALLOON CHAT OFF LINE
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:15:23 AM »
Nice to see it back, As you say there are a few teething problems with photos but it is looking good otherwise.

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:39:01 PM »
Tēnā koutou, Kei te pēhea koe?

Hello everyone, This week I am heading south and taking a look at my first country situated completely in the southern hemisphere, yes it is New Zealand.

When I think of New Zealand one of the first things I think of is Sheep, New Zealand has a population of about 4.5 million humans and about 27 million sheep so I could not resist making some sheep for my picture. The green swirl is called a koru (Māori for loop), it is a spiral shape based on the appearance of a new unfurling silver fern. It is an important symbol in Māori art, carving and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.

Talking of ferns I felt had to make a fern, New Zealand is well known for its silver fern, It can be seen all across the country on flags, products and on the New Zealand coat of arms, It is also used at the symbol of many Sports teams in New Zealand including The All Blacks (Rugby), The Tall Blacks (Basketball), The All Whites (Football), and The White Ferns (Women's Cricket)

New Zealand has some amazing flora and fauna, I was going to make a Kiwi or a Kakapo but in the end I opted to represent the whale population. Almost half the world’s whale and dolphin species are found in New Zealand waters and the whales tale (Muri Paraoa) features as a Māori Symbol. The Whale is the most important animal in the life of the Māori, it indicates the support often shown by whales to people in distress and is a symbol of protection. But also of speed, strength and sensitivity.

I think many non New Zealanders will be wondering what the yellow Bee is doing there, well when researching the country this little character kept popping up, it is the face of a Buzzy Bee and it a very popular toy in New Zealand, I had never heard of it before but it does look cute.

The person I chose to represent New Zealand is of course one of the Māori people. This young Māori man has the traditional Tā moko on his face and body, these are the traditional markings and are different to the tattoos we all know as these marks are carved into the skin with special tools. These markings are worn by both men and women and there are some pretty amazing and intricate designs.

I hope you are enjoying this virtual trip around the world. until next week, Haere Ra.

Balloon Chit Chat / Re: New DVD Artwork
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:11:33 PM »
Oooo those look very professional, who ever did those must be some kind of expert or something :D

Picture Gallery / Re: It's a Balloon World After All
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:08:49 AM »
Salut, Ce mai faci?

For the second week running I am looking at a requested country, A few weeks ago I was asked by Nicole to take a look at Romania as it was where she was born, so here you go Nicole.

Romania was another difficult country to research, I did manage to whittle it down to a few key elements tho. first of all the strange structure on the left is based upon a sculpture by the Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși, it is entitled Endless Column and it one of 3 sculptures built to commemorate the Romanian heroes of the First World War.

Romania is the home of the Danube Delta, the place where the Danube reaches open water (The Black Sea). The Danube delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as you can imagine is home to some wonderful wildlife including Europes largest colony of Pelicans. More than 20,000 pelicans are currently living in Romania and according to a recent census of the birds  19,993, are great white pelicans while 534 are Dalmatian pelicans.

While looking into the cuisine of Romania one dish kept coming up, it is the dish of Samale, This is a dish consisting of minced meat with rice, wrapped in either pickled cabbage leaves, I never imagined I would ever be making anything as random as a dish of stuffed cabbage leaves out of balloons but there is a first time for everything.

Finally I thought long and hard about what little character to do for Romania, I did look into traditional Romanian dress (which is lovely) however I kept going back to one of the most well known Romanians, Vlad III, prince of Wallachia, AKA Vlad the Impaler and the inspiration for horror legend Count Dracula. The most likely home of the Count is thought to be Castle Bran in Romania's Transylvania, Dracula as we know him however is just a horror legend and the stuff of stories . . . . or is he?

I currently have no idea what part of the world I am taking a look at next week, for the first time in this project I have no plans of where I am going to be taking my virtual journey so you will have to wait and see, do you have any suggestions? why not let me know and I can include your country in my series.

Until next week - Vă doresc o zi plăcută!

Picture Gallery / Re: Super Hero
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:07:26 AM »
Quote from: "Graham Lee"
And to add to the list of my super hero's

Pearse Halpenny
David Crofts

Plus A.N.Other  :)  ;)

Its a good list tho a couple I am not familiar with, I shall go and look them up.

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