Nelson Leader : April 25th 2013
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Photo: PHIL BARNES Two minutes w ith... Felicity Yates, also know as Flossie the Balloon Lady, was born and raised in Nelson. She lives in Annesbrook and makes balloon creations for parties and events. Flossie started making balloons at her children s school galas but when her kids grew up realised she liked the process so much she decided to turn it into a career. This week Flossie took a break for a chat with The Leader. Where did the name Flossie come from? When I was a child, my brothers used to call me Fliss . Then Fliss turned into Fliss Floss and that became Flossie. It just seemed like a good name to use when I started doing balloons. Is it true that you're a self taught balloon artist? Yes. I have been since I went to a convention in Australia a few years ago and I ve met some other artists from Auckland and Dunedin. We ve learned some things off each other. Do you still pop balloons by accident every now and again? Yes I do. They are balloons, after all. Does it give you a fright or are you immune these days? No, I do still frighten myself some- times. Usually if there s a flaw in the balloon I won t be expecting it and get a fright, but most of the time I know if I m pushing a balloon too far. What's the most complicated thing you can make? I get asked that a lot. Really, the answer is anything I haven t made before. Often I ll get asked to make a child s favourite toy for a special birthday or something. I ve got one lady who lives up north and for all her nieces and nephews she gets me to make things. Recently for her I ve made Sonic the Hedgehog. Who knew you could make a hedgehog from balloons? There s been a fire engine and a frog, too. I learn how to make things I didn t know how to do because people ask me to do them. The most complicated thing I ve ever made was a wearable pirate ship I made for the Birdman competition in Queenstown. That sounds extremely complicated. Yes, it was made under very challenging circumstances because it was three degrees out- side the marquee, which was open on one side, and then they had a heater inside. The balloons were popping all the time, I just had to keep my head down and keep doing it. The pirate ship did make it off the wharf, although it didn t fly very far. It was spectacular. Did it help the wearer float? Because the ship had less wind resistance he kind of fell out of the bottom of it before they hit the water, but quite a lot of the bal- loons were fine. I d attached all sorts of things to it like little pirates and an octopus, I saw kids walking away with them after. What do people ask you to make most often? People want what they ve seen other people with. On different days it ll be a different thing, which is good for me. Fairy wands are very popular at the moment, I ve got a little frog that people like. A buzzy bee is a perennial good one for littlies. How many balloon sculptures would you hand out on a typical job? At the Sprig & Fern Summer Fare I was there for a couple of hours and would have done close to a hundred simple sculptures. At those events it s all about pleasing as many people as poss- ible rather than doing complicated ones. At birthday parties I get to break out some of the more complicated stuff, and for gifts I do the really cool stuff. How many balloons do you order at a time? I ve just ordered another lot from America. I buy them in $400 bulk lots of 2000 at a time. What's been the most demand- ing gig you can remember? Probably something like the races, where I m giving out free balloons. Basically I just have my head down from the beginning at 11am to 5pm, doing balloons that whole time. I usually try to get myself a break, but I have to tell the person at the start of the line to tell the person behind them that I m taking a break and so on. It s full-on really hard work, but it s really satisfying. What's the best thing about being a balloon lady? It s surprising myself as to what can be made from a little bit of latex, and putting smiles on peoples faces.
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