Ann Arbor, Michigan's Award-Winning Balloon Artist
In 2006, I twisted my first three-balloon hat.
Since making my first balloon hat, I've spent as much time as I can learning about balloon twisting and decor. I am lucky to be involved with a local group called Michigan Twisters and I've attended numerous balloon conventions, including Twist & Shout, World Balloon Convention, and TJam on the Road.
In 2014, I participated in an event called Balloon Manor which brought together 75 balloon artists from all over the world to build a five-story tall sculpture of Jack & the Beanstalk. Built in only four days, we used over 50,000 balloons.
Also in 2014, I was named Top Artist at the Twisticology Invitational balloon convention!
In 2016, we introduced Conrad the Unicorn! Conrad the Unicorn has spread joy to millions of people from marching in the Chicago Pride Parade, leading a group of balloon costumes on a Halloween appearance on KTLA and dancing on the HARRY TV show in NYC, and most recently on America's Got Talent. Conrad and friends, "Team Conrad", are available to visit at your events!
I look forward to working with you on your event and creating the unique balloons that will make your event a success.
Carolynn Hayman with Conrad the Unicorn
Awards & Honors
Top Twister, Twisticology Invitational 2014.
First place, centerpiece, Qualatex Spring Design contest 2015.
First Place, Balloon Entryway competition, Twisticology Invitational 2015.
Third Place, Balloon Table Display, Twisticolgy Invitational 2015.
Second Place, Centerpiece design, Twisticology Invitational 2014.
Second Place, Team Star Wars competition, Twisticology Invitational 2014.
Third Place, Balloon Car competition, Twisticology Invitational 2014.
Appeared as Lobster at Twist & Shout 2014, Rochester.
Silver Achievement Award, Deliverable Sculpture competition, World Balloon Convention 2016.
Bronze Achievement Award, Large Sculpture, Team USA, World Balloon Convention 2016.
Cover artist for Qualatex worldwide 2016 calendar.
Runner-up, Images magazine cover design contest 2015.
Work featured in Images magazine 2015.
First place, Hairbanders’ Easter and Spring Design contest 2015.
Second place, Hairband competition at Twist & Shout Balloon Convention 2015.
Appeared as Tiki Man costume at Twist & Shout Balloon Convention 2015, Las Vegas.
First place, T Myers Balloon Flower competition 2015.
First place, Michigan Twisters Holiday competition 2013.
Second place, Michigan Twisters Holiday competition, 2014 and 2015.
Second place, Costume competition at Twist & Shout Balloon Convention 2016. (Conrad the Unicorn)
Attended World Balloon Convention 2012 and 2016. Dallas, TX and New Orleans, LA.
Artist at Balloon Manor 2014.
Participant at FestiFools parade, 2014 and 2015. (Lobster 2014, Tiki Man 2015)
Participant at Fool Moon parade, 2016. Sponsored by Betallic. (Conrad the Unicorn)
Guest on The Jam Room Podcast, May 2016.
Guest on Balloon Artist Podcast, recorded January 2017, aired TBD.
Featured in Elevated Events ezine, May 2016.
Featured on Daily Purple Pig blog, May 2016.
Article in Ann Arbor News about Conrad the Unicorn, June 2016.
Instructor at Parades, Profits & Promotions workshop, Chicago 2016. Sponsored by Betallic.
Participant in the Chicago Pride Parade, 2016. Sponsored by Betallic.
Participant in the Rhino Project, 2016. Sponsored by Betallic.
Appeared as Conrad the Unicorn in Canada, August, 2016.
Appearance as Lola the Zebra, Halloween 2016. Sponsored by Betallic.
Work featured in Betallic catalogue, 2016.
Television appearance on KTLA for balloon costumes, Halloween 2016. Sponsored by Betallic.
Taught class at Joker Party Supply, sponsored by Betallic, December 2016. (snow, NYE, Valentines Day)
Television appearance on “Harry” in NYC, January 2017. Sponsored by Betallic.
Interview with Unicorn Booty, 2017.
Instructor at FLOAT convention, St. Louis 2017. Sponsored by Betallic. (taught florals and costumes)
Appeared as Bella the Blue Bird costume at Twist & Shout 2017, Orlando.
Interviewed for Metro Parent Magazine, March 2017.
Auditioned for “America’s Got Talent”, Pasadena, CA. March 2017.
Appeared at FestiFools Parade in Ann Arbor with Sunny the Yellow Bird, April 2017.
Appeared at March for Science in Ann Arbor as Conrad the Unicorn, April 2017.
Appearance at Starbucks for Unicorn Frappuccino launch, April 2017.
Videos featured on MTV Europe Facebook pages (France, Italy, Spain, UK, Netherlands), April 2017.
Video featured on NextPlz Facebook page, April 2017.
Conrad the Unicorn Sparkle Bar introduced with Whaddyalove Chocolate.
Instructor at Parades, Profits & Promotions Workshop, June 2017. Sponsored by Betallic.
Participant in Chicago Pride Parade, 2017.
Instructor at Ballooniversity, August 2017. Sponsored by Burton + Burton. (teaching b’days & costume)
Work featured in Sempertex magazine, Easter 2017
Invited to teach in Colombia with Sempertex, August 2017
Work featured in Betallic 2017 Holiday catalogue.