focused on learning practical skills
Courses and Workshops for Floristry, Flower Arranging, Professional and Traditional Crafts
Balloon Artistry Credentials
When the craft of Balloon Artistry first came to the UK, Gill and her husband were in the first tranche of delegates to sit an international industry Balloon Artistry qualification achieving CBA status. This quickly resulted in Gill being invited to teach and demonstrate Balloon Artistry designs and techniques and to teach the Elements and Principles of design at Balloon Shows and Events all around the world.
Gill’s determination to provide the UK with Balloon Artistry training opportunities resulted in Gill liaising with City and Guilds and developed and wrote the first and now current suite of C&G Balloon Artistry qualifications Levels 1-3. In recognition of her qualification developmental work Gill received the Diamond Award by the UK Balloon Artistry Industry.
As a regular teacher/ demonstrator at the International Balloon Arts convention (IBAC) held in the USA Gill was asked to design décor and develop techniques for a range of magazine articles for 'Images'; the Qualatex Balloon Art magazine. Gill also co wrote a book, 'Design Basics with Balloons', specialising in the Elements and Principles of design, with the American Florist Gary Wells AIFD.
In 2002 Gill was recognised for her outstanding contribution for the development and introduction of professional training and certification by the International Balloon Industry and received the Crystal Award for her outstanding involvement in the Balloon Industry. Gill is the only British person ever to receive this accolade.
Gill competed at many balloon art shows and won many awards and competitions and received the prestigious award of European Designer of the Year in Prague.
Over the years Gill has developed a host of techniques and designs for Balloon Table décor, Event Balloon décor and Balloon gift designs which she has taught in New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, USA and most European Countries. Passionate about teaching, Gill is keen to offer quality Balloon Artistry training to ensure all students achieve the necessary skills for a thriving balloon décor business.
Courses run in idyllic local settings which include character hotels and approved facilities in the Hertfordshire - London ⁄ Middlesex, Cheshunt, Goffs Oak and Waltham Abbey; dependent on anticipated course delegate numbers. Refreshments are provided.