Shimmering visuals, set design and storytelling through shadow in celebration of the autumn equinox at Still Moon Art’s Lantern Festival. I had the opportunity to work in collaboration with a group of youth performers age 7-19 as well as stellar crew of artist leads including Isabelle Kirouac, Candice Curlypaws, Clara Rose and Carmen Rosen to bring to light the magic of the night.
Handmade papercuts shot through with dichroic lighting were projected across the walls of the Heritage Hall in Wells BC for Artswells, Festival of All Things Art. Handmade papercut headresses, prisms, glass, mirror, sequins, lenses, water and various found materials were used to create live analogue shadow sets.
Developing a series of kinetic paper cut spinners to create moving images in light. Stereoscopic lighting through coloured lenses creates the illusion of depth.
Experimenting with shadow shapes for an upcoming music video shoot. Shadows by Heather Sparks, music by Camelliah Nieh, Islando Sparks, bemyanymh, Clare Casey and Futureman
Experimenting with developing a new shadow character for an upcoming music video shoot for the electric electro swing band High Step Society. Shadow Puppet Heather Sparks, Hands Clare Casey, Music Islando Sparks, bemyanymh, Camellia Nieh and Futureman
Developing new methods of shadow installation:
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.
Visual representations of a sound storm and looping layers, with dichroic bolts of analogue lighting shooting 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/