Balloon twisting art: One way to connect with the world

I thought I was finished with posts on balloon twisting until I watched Ori Livney’s commercials. Livney who fashions the balloon dresses I wrote about among other things, as covered on his Web site, has taken a passion and turned it into a venue where he travels the world by sharing his craft. The commercials were for Orange Cellular, an Israeli company. If you’ve ever seen award-winning commercials, I can’t imagine why these wouldn’t be contenders.

You can read about the commercials, sure. But, I think it’s much better to see the real ones. Here’s the first. For the second, continue onto the next page. Turn up the sound. You don’t need it, but it adds to the fun.

Here is the second one. On his Web site Livney mentioned that the balloons couldn’t be blown up far in advance because they don’t work as well. This is some fast action.

Another Mardi Gras dress option: Leave pins at home

Justin presented a handy guide to how to dress for Mardi Gras, stay stylish, but leave your good clothes at home. If you’re interested in really standing out in a crowd, consider a balloon dress. I’d plan carefully what you have on underneath since I can’t imagine an outfit less practical. But isn’t this fun? I was on the lookout for these when I wandered onto the Balloon Twister’s Convention and kept on looking. The browsing led me to “Balloon Fashion” and this dress featured in the photo.

This “dragon dress” is the creation of Ori Livney, a balloon artist who has been blowing up balloons and twisting them magically into fanciful items for 10 years. People hire him to design dresses for special events and parties, plus he has a whole range of other things he creates, some have been featured in two commercials. He developed his balloon twisting art into a full time profession. Livney gives a glimpse of how these dresses are made on his Web site, “Balloon Fashion.” There are other styles to choose from.