"I think the thing that sets me apart from a lot of balloonists is that I am young, and so my approach is young," she added. "But what happens when I am old?" For now, though, she's happy to bask in the bubble-filled glory. "Some call me a diva, some call me a perfectionist," she said, "but really, I'm just a lot of fun."
Katie Laibstain is thinking of changing her last name to Balloons. This may be a rash move, as she's worked as a balloon artist for only two years. But she now works at it full time, averaging six gigs a week, building balloon sculptures for events, crafting balloon dresses, and entertaining children and adults.
Three days before a fancy wedding, Addi Somekh, Brian Asman, and Katie Laibstain are suddenly handed a mission: Make the bride’s dress, complete with five-foot train. Make it look spectacular. Make it fit perfectly. And make it out of balloons.
Roink! Scrink! Wub-wub! Katie Balloons is building a balloon dress for Saturday's Burst! party at Artisphere as we speak on the phone. She's had easier builds.
"I am in charge of making a couple of balloon costumes for a couple of nice young girls to wear," she says. "I usually wear the balloon costume."
Designers have come up with a new set of eye-catching dresses - made entirely from balloons. Each dress consists of around 300 modeling balloons twisted together and took about ten hours to make. Most of the balloons are 60 inches long and either one or two inches thick.