Shadows by Heather Sparks, music by Camelliah Nieh, Islando Sparks, bemyanymh, Clare Casey and Futureman
Shadow Puppet Heather Sparks, Hands Clare Casey, Music Islando Sparks, bemyanymh, Camellia Nieh and Futureman
I've been Developing a new method for creating shadow installations:
weaving with fine twine, suspending a repeating pattern of paper cut so that individual imagery emerges within one unified overall design. Suspending crystals to create light diffraction and full spectrum optics. Illuminating with two or more points of high lumen light to create strong replicating shadows. Lenses and analogue filters create additional layers of colour and lighting effects.
I've been amazed at how many different images this particular paper cut creates: moths, butterflies, owls, skulls, demons, underwater sea creatures, and big horned big eared ungulates to name a few. By using lenses I'm able to magnify portions of the installations shadows to highlight some of the more intricate paper cut detailings.
Sound Storm, looping layers, shoots dichroic bolts of light - analog electric through fresnel lenses. A shadow promo shoot for Devon More’s "subatomic pop opera" in which "quarks, quirks and the substance of sound collide!”
Created for the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival by the Secret Lantern Society. This installation featured a glass chandelier that sent spinning light shimmers throughout the room
Performance Art featuring Paper-cut Lace Shadow Costume
Photo by Camellia Nieh
Sparks Designs set up an immersive kinetic shadow environment within the pines of Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest. Put on by 13 collaborating international events, the week long Oregon Eclipse Festival had approximately 40,000 attendees gather to witness the eclipse!
A haunting forested still from a shadow short created by Islando and Heather Sparks
A little Flashlight magic lights up pages of a shadow pop up book I just finished creating for Nayana Fielkov and Isabelle Kirouac's exquisite performance "Habitats". https://threelittlereddots.org/stilts/performances/habitats/
Shadow Sail Theatre was set up as an interactive shadow lounge alongside main stage at Beloved Festivals "Vote For Dancing". Found materials, including lace, glass, recycled colored plastics, translucent diffraction film, and intricate paper cuts were transformed into projected works of art to create lyrical shadow environments. Shadow hosts invoked revelers to don paper lace masks to join the shadow scene as animated silhouettes.
*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Poetry paper-cuts and paper lace masks by Heather Dawn Sparks*
I've been working with talented aerialist Noa Schnitzer as of late to create and direct a series of shadow sequences for her new one woman show. Her show reflects on prayer, engaging the conversations that straddle the worlds of habit and change. http://noaschnitzer.com/
*Ink etched poetry in hebrew, paper-cut set and puppet pieces by Heather Dawn Sparks*
Shadow panels as part of the Moon Festivals Finale show!