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Spotlight Artist: Fiona Fisher, CBA

“My favourite piece of Conwin equipment has to be the Precision Air. I could not manage the large scale classic decor jobs in shopping malls etc, or some of the larger sculptures like the Indian elephant at BACI 2007 without it. The precise sizing and speed are amazing. The best investment I ever made.”

Fiona has been a balloon decorator since 1999 when she visited the International Party & Halloween show in Birmingham England. She was amazed and immediately hooked with the fantastic balloon competition pieces, especially the large sculptures.

Fiona has been a balloon decorator since 1999 when she visited the International Party & Halloween show in Birmingham England. She was amazed and immediately hooked with the fantastic balloon competition pieces, especially the large sculptures.

Fiona began as a professional tennis player and due to an injury became an apprentice for an antique furniture restorer and cabinet maker. After fifteen years she began running her own small cafe where she had fun selling things like frog legs and snails.

Searching for something more she decided to join her husband Rodney in his shop, which sold candles, essential oils and gadgets, hence the store name, Burning Desires. Looking for new things to sell in the shop she found herself at the Party Show. Enthused by balloon creations, Fiona asked for a Conwin Precision Air that Christmas, which Santa delivered. Right after that she got her first classic décor job for New Years.

Fiona has taught in many countries around the world for Pioneer Balloon Company and Conwin Inc. Including Japan, Taiwan, Lebanon, Argentina, Trinidad, Poland, France, Holland, Malta, Serbia, USA, Germany and many times, in her favourite city and country, Florence-Italy at BACI (Balloon Artists Convention International). She is a regular instructor at Qualatex supported events and also for distributors in, Ireland, Italy and other European countries.

As a seasoned competitor, Fiona has achieved respect and recognition in the industry by producing some award winning large sculptures at various events around the world. She Fiona’s accomplishments below.

After eleven years of running her very successful balloon decorating business and retail party shop in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Fiona decided to sell the business in 2008 and fulfill a lifetime dream of moving to the beautiful Garfagnana region of Tuscany, Italy. She now dedicates all of her time to her new education business www.balloonsintuscany.com based at her newly restored farmhouse.

Fiona’s Portfolio

Accomplishments

• Ferrari-1st place Italian Masters BACI 2003
• Decorator of the year-IPHS 2003
• Isis-The gold medal Qualatex event 2003
• Qualatex Retailer of the Year 2003 / 2004
• Pipes and Drums-IBAC 2004
• Gondoliers-3rd place BACI 2004
• Guinness Pint-2nd place BACI 2005
• Sumo Man-The gold medal Qualatex event 2005
• Tropical Paradise-The gold medal. Fiona Fisher & Colin Myles. Joint decorator of the year- Qualatex event 2005
• Venetian Mask-3rd place BACI 2006
• Indian Elephant-2nd place BACI 2007
• Oh Acrobatico Fantastico-2nd place BACI 2010