Who are we?

International Award Winning Balloon Artist

Narelle Fouche

Narelle Fouche

Balloon Artist

Narelle has been creating art with balloons since 1997. From kids parties to corporate functions, weddings to Christmas events, Narelle can cater to both children and adults.

Currently residing in Perth, Western Australia, she has won international awards and delighted audiences in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Her work is consistent and detailed, using only the highest quality latex balloons.  The colour and size range of her materials is extensive and as such, Narelle can make practically anything out of balloons.

Michel Fouche

Michel Fouche

Magician, etc.

Support crew, magician, stilt walker, comedian, juggler, unicyclist, fire breather, object manipulator, husband… and often roped in to do some mighty fine balloon art too.

This site is dedicated to the art of balloons, but I can’t deny that my passion was sparked by trying to out-do my husband.

Check out his alter ego, Simon the Saucerer on the Facebook link below. Or click through there to see Michel’s other talents.

Amelie Fouche

Amelie Fouche

Daughter, etc.

Amazing model and public relations asset too. Amelie is rapidly growing in her own balloon artistry talents but is already highly skilled in relating to crowds.

My number one pick of assistants, she is full of talent bursting to entertain you.

The dress (above) is made entirely from balloons. This was made at Twist and Shout, an international balloon artist convention held in the USA each year.  The dress competition is outstanding and we were overjoyed with our bronze medal in 2014 out of 8 incredible dresses.

Jasper Fouche

Jasper Fouche

Son, etc.

Ask Jasper for a sword if you spot him at a job with me.  He delights in creating these for people of all ages.

Also a very able assistant, Jasper has overcome many challenges to get him to this point.  He has taught me that living with autism is not a barrier to having a good time.

I have learnt a lot about special needs from this cheeky guy, and he has made me a much more aware performer.

Jasper’s specialty is helping to make very large paradable balloons, and loves puppeteering them too

Why a Ladybug?

Ladybugs are bright, colourful, naturally intriguing and environmentally friendly - just like balloons

100% Biodegradable

Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic. Our latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as a gum leaf (3-4 years). Composting latex balloons will break them down much faster.

Unfortunately, some cheap balloons are not 100% latex and have been giving all balloons a bad reputation.  Foil balloons are not biodegradable but ARE REUSABLE (ask me how)

Please don't litter

I avoid using helium (a limited resource) where I can and focus on air filled sculpture.  Balloons are great fun, but leaving popped balloons on the ground, or releasing them into the air is littering.

We all have a responsibility to care for our environment. Although they are biodegradable, that takes time and balloon scraps can harm animals that mistake them for food.

Releasing balloons is often a lovely way to say goodbye to a lost one, but there are many beautiful alternatives. See here for some ideas.

Compost Friendly

Latex balloons are able to go into your compost!

Airigami, a balloon company based in Rochester, New York, have made a resource for schools or families interested in the science of composting latex balloons. Follow this link for their PDF and don’t forget to send in your findings.

Latex is Natural

Latex comes from rubber trees “Hevea Brasiliensis”. Latex is collected by carefully cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree.

Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A single tree can produce latex for up to 40 years.

Some Fun and Education

Video about how balloons are made, from raw sap (liquid latex) to finished product.

 

TIME LAPSE

The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk,
An Airigami project I was involved in contructing in 2014
50 000 balloons, 4 days, 75 artists, 5 floors high

Pro Environment Balloon Alliance

Balloon artists from around the world are  standing together to say “no” to releasing helium balloons, and to educate the public about the true nature of latex. Many are performing scientific observations of balloons as they break down.  The image here is the observable evidence after 5 months with 3-4 hours of sunlight per day.  More sunlight hours, composting bacteria and other conditions would no doubt speed up the process.

 

5 months

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