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Family’s balloon enterprise takes off with new town shop

FAMILY FIRM: Pictured, from left, mum Rita Paliskiene, brother Kestutis Paliskis, and Edita Paliskyte with their balloon art.

FAMILY FIRM: Pictured, from left, mum Rita Paliskiene, brother Kestutis Paliskis, and Edita Paliskyte with their balloon art.

A creative family has been wowing Boston shoppers with eye-catching art of a different nature.

It’s all in a day’s work for Edita Palisykte and her team as they twist and turn balloons of all shapes and sizes into wonderful creations from vintage cars to Spiderman, giant teddy bears and larger-than-life characters.

Their art has not been unnoticed as people stop and stare at the balloon models in the window of their shop Flower and Gifts Just For You in Church Lane.

Edita, who co-owns the shop with her mother Rita, has a level 2 qualification in balloon art through national balloon association NABAS. She is now working towards becoming a master in the art.

She said: “It started as a hobby in between my computer science studies. I was looking for something relaxing and it gets your imagination flowing as you can create anything from balloons.”

Watching Edita turn a single balloon into the petals of a flower with her hands, it is clear to see her love of the art shining through.

“I have always had a fascination with this since a friend brought a giant balloon rabbit to my 19th birthday party.”

So for her recent birthday Edita, now 26, was given the gift of qualifying in balloon artistry as a present from her mother and brother Kestutis.

“To begin with I did pop a lot of balloons but I kept on practising,” she said.

Now Edita is also teaching her family how to make the creations and her brother has already proved to be a natural talent himself, being able to form the most intricate models. The art lasts for around a month and costs from £15 to £40 for the larger creations. They can also custom make designs from photographs - such as the vintage car, and the work takes from 30 minutes to two days to finish.

Edita added: “We start by sketching ideas, or sometimes create the models simply from scratch, experimenting with different colours. We use latex balloons as they are the easiest to create with and last the longest. They are also least likely to pop. Although it has meant I now have to wear gel nails as my normal nails were too sharp.”

The Lithuanian family also supports local artists by displaying hand-made goods and paintings in their shop and are planning to hold a workshop to teach local people new skills.

 

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