Camden balloon artist rises to the top

When it comes to creating beautiful displays Magaly Hood sure knows how to make a room pop.

The Kirkham resident makes balloon scupltures, centrepieces and bouquets.

Ms Hood's passion for balloon art has seen her take out top nods at the recent Australian Balloon Convention on the Gold Coast.

She said this was the first time she had entered the prestigious competition.

"It is held every three years so I went three years ago, learnt some new techniques and decided to enter this year," Ms Hood said.

"There were judges from the UK, USA and Hong Kong so I didn't know how I would go."

Ms Hood took out first place in the centrepiece section, second place in the sculpture section and third place in the balloon column and bouquet sections of the jungle-themed competition.

"I am really happy with how I went," she said.

"It was great to be recognised for my work. It wasn't just about the design but the emotion in the piece."

In her native Brazil, balloon artistry is a huge industry however Ms Hood said she struggled to break into the Aussie market.

"I worked part-time as a chef so that I could support myself while I worked on my balloon art," she said.

"Now the balloon work is a full-time job."

Ms Hood said many local businesses from car yards to shopping centres had featured her work along with private functions.

"I had to build it up little by little, but I am so passionate about this work," she said.

"It makes me happy to see people so happy with the designs."

The recent global shortage of helium hasn't stopped Ms Hood's creativity, she said she simply adjusted.

"I just try to make the most of the design and I love seeing the client's reaction when it is finished," she said.

Ms Hood said balloons were much better gifts than flowers for special occasions.

"When you give somebody a bouquet of flowers they might last three or four days, balloons can last for months," she said.

"That way people can enjoy them for a lot longer."

The passionate balloon artist said anybody looking to give the craft a go should prepare for a lot of training.

"I have done years of training and seminars with experts," Ms Hood said.

"It can take a lot of time but if you are passionate about it, it will be worth it."