Monday, February 9, 2015

Pieter van Engen shares his journey from musician to balloon artist!

International award-winning balloon artist Pieter van Engen CBA is quickly making a name for himself and his unique style of twisting. His work is seen in magazines, instructional DVDs, training courses and performances all over Europe, from the streets of Amsterdam to National television.

I have had the pleasure of working with Pieter on a few occasions, at the Slovenia Event 2013 and more recently at Balloonland Israel.

Pieter van Engen
Red Motorbike by Pieter Van Engen

It is very evident when you meet Pieter that he is truly passionate about balloons and the 'art' that he creates with them. He declares himself to be a 'latex purest', using only latex for all the balloon connections, no glue or frames!

Pirate Ship by Pieter van Engen

When talking to Pieter he shared his passion for 'creating' and how he can spend many hours working on one of his amazing and very impressive balloon sculptures.

In order to preserve the advanced balloon sculptures that he creates, Pieter developed his skills as a photographer and in 2013 he produced a beautiful photo book 'Balloon Art', that shows a selection of Pieter's best Balloon Art photographs.

Meet Pieter in this short interview where he explains how he 'found' balloons, his journey and aspirations for the future.

Here are a few more of Pieter's inspiring designs and links to events and publications that he mentions during the interview.

'Marvin Hardy' by Pieter van Engen

Rabbit on a Skateboard by Pieter van Engen

Seahorse by Pieter van Engen

Stork Julius by Pieter van Engen
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Millennium Jam  - 9 - 12 November Mol, Belgium 

After a four-year hiatus, Millennium Jam is back! 

The event returns to the Sunparcs resort this year with four days of workshops, parties, competitions and other fun activities.   The theme of the event will be 'It's A Circus' and its sure to be a week to remember!  Balloon entertainers and decorators alike will learn new skills to grow their businesses. 

Visit for more information.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pieter for sharing his story with The Very Best Balloon Blog and if you get the opportunity to attend one of his classes I would strongly recommend it!

Happy Ballooning!


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