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December 2014                                  The Twisted Times
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Rochester MiniMaker Fair

To my great delight in November, I had an opportunity to travel to Rochester, New York for the Mini Maker Faire. Airigami had a project to complete, and it gave us a chance to field test some equipment that we
  have been quietly designing for the past year (more about the equipment in the next issue). This particular balloon project was a giant top hat where upon entering guests could wear balloon rabbit ears and pop out magically. Larry had enough time to put together a quick build video of the project.

Maker Faires are incredible! They are like a giant creative Show and Tell experience that's a cross between a crazy festival and an oversized community art project. Every fair is unique and filled with the most unusual and talented artists and engineers. I find that every one that I go to, I end up meeting someone, or seeing something, that was totally unexpected. I must admit I was totally taken by these two Star Wars characters. They were absolutely flawless.

To my delight, the project next to us was Toothpick World.  I thought I had a tricky job making things out of balloons, but making things to scale out of individual toothpicks and glue is positively mind boggling. Stan Munro, the artist behind these massive structures, has the world record for the tallest toothpick structure at 16 feet tall. I felt his exhibit needed a monkey climbing the Empire State Building (he has also made 3 different CN towers). We had a lot of fun creatively playing and sharing creative projects with the people that we met that day. 

If you would like to attend a Maker Faire, there is talk of one happening in Waterloo Region in 2015. They also appear all over the world (including Toronto and Ottawa), and there are massive events in San Francisco and New York every year. I will announce the information on the local event it becomes available.
 
 

MoMondays

I am often asked how I became a balloon artist. The story started when I traveled to Las Vegas as a 10 year old, and it became much more complicated from there. I am delighted to provide an opportunity to share the story of balloon awakening at MoMondays, a monthly Motivational series offered in a handful of Canadian cities. 

"More than ever, people just want to put away the business cards and connect authentically, one human being to another. When we do that – when we are just ourselves and share our personal stories of challenge and growth – we have the power to transform lives, starting with our own." - Michel Neray, Founder of MoMondays.



I too agree with Michel. It is often nicer to hear a story then just experience a sometimes dry networking event.


Whimsical Workshops


A new product for this winter that we have been steadily developing are Whimsical Workshops. These are small events designed for anyone who would like to learn something about balloons and other whacky items. 

On December 3rd, we'll be back at KWartzlab making a Holiday Themed scene out of balloons as well as some fun ornaments for the season. The purpose of these workshops is less about the end outcome, and more about the experience. Last time, everyone left knowing how to make something, be it fish, coral, or seahorses. 

 

Two more workshops are in the planning stage for the winter. One will be all about Unicycling: How the most impractical transportation device ended up becoming an extreme sport, and of course there will also another balloon workshop.

 

New Videos

There's a whole host of new videos this month. The Late Night Balloon Build in Collingwood wraps up with episode 6. Night\Shift was documented with two separate build videos, an incredibly Windy Art Talk, and the best way to reduce stress: a massive popping video.
 

We'll have more late night talks coming up in the future, for now Jim and I are revisiting where we would like YouTube to go, and this is where I would love to hear from you. Are there events that you want to see, structures you think that should be created, or would you like to know a little more about the philosophy of balloons? Just let me know with a quick email.
 

As we enter into the final month of the year, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and even a Happy Solstice. It may be getting colder, but the days will soon become longer again! We will have some crazy announcements coming up in January, until then enjoy the holidays and we'll see you on the other side of the calendar.

My Best,
Drew
Night\Shift, Community CarShare, and 8 amazing volunteers teamed up with us to create a Monster Car. Over 1000 people had a chance to hop in and drive a balloon car that evening.

Cars have their purpose, but there is also a darker side to them. Check out the video links of the build as well as a very windy Artist Talk.

Photos thanks to @FrDougal_B.
Check out his amazing Flickr Account!
 
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Gingerbread Balloons

Dec 3, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00pm

Kwartzlab
33 Kent Avenue
Kitchener

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MoMondays

Real People. Real Stories. Real Inspiration.

Twisting Loss into Something Whimsical

Dec 8, 2014
Doors open at 6:00

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NightShift build 1, where we build a giant car!

NightShift build 2, where we continue to build a giant car!

NightShift, Artist Talk
Crazy wind that evening!

NightShift,Popping Party, all balloons must burst

Late night balloon twisting completes with Episode 6
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