Santa Rosa, CA
Bill Kennedy aka INFLATABILL is an artist and designer from Northern California. Having learned to use a sewing machine at an early age, it wasn’t until Bill started skydiving in his 20’s that he got serious about his sewing skills and eventually became a Senior Parachute Rigger. A decade later, he used those same skills to begin making inflatable sculpture, and he has been refining his skills ever since. Bill begins by making a 3D computer model that he then uses to create 2D fabric patterns. Sometimes he cuts out the fabric pieces by hand, but he typically lets a computer-controlled fabric cutting table do the hard work. After that, he sews it all together, wires up the electronics, and programs the lights. As much as Bill enjoys making inflatable art, his favorite part is the installation process. Whether it’s a nightclub, convention center, forest, or city park, every location comes with its own set of challenges and requires a unique combination of rigging techniques. Bill is excited to bring his artwork to the Treefort trees. Although he has family roots in Idaho, this is his first time visiting Boise.