Insta Inspiration: balloon animals elevated to art

Squeak, squeak squeak. Squeeky squeek. It may not be quite what you’d call the soundtrack to summer, but that noise you can hear certainly conjures up images of end-of-the-pier shows and summer fetes. Yes, it’s the sound of someone making balloon animals. If you saw the world record attempt on Britain’s Got Talent this year you may feel you’ve already had enough of this particular party piece. But Instagrammer Masayoshi Matsumo is raising it to an art form, and we just had to share.

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The Japanese artist runs the Isopresso_balloon Instagram account where he shares his creations – insects, birds and animals, all made totally out of balloons. As his statement says: “Adhesive, maker pen, seal, etc. are not used at all.” There were a number of things that appealed to us about this quirky account. The inventiveness and detail in the creatures created elevate these balloon animals above anything we’ve seen before, and the colour combinations are out of this world. Each creation has a wit about it, with Masayoshi managing to instil the animals with personality and even facial expressions. There is also the breadth of subject matter – there are rainbow-coloured parrots, cute crustaceans and even a cuddly cat, but also a striking number of insects. You’ll find plenty more to explore at his Tumblr account too, but be warned – those who recoil from our creepy crawly cousins may want to look from behind the sofa.

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Ros Anderson


Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.

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