This paper-cut design interlocks to create many unusual forms

Shadow Portraiture

A shadow photoshoot for the musical power duo MOONWΔTER with Alexandra Arbolita and Traesti Gudmundson 

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Beside you, in shadow                                                                                                                      Alveoli tendrils turn to feather                                                                                                          Splice eyes from which to see                                                                                                              This is the way to transform                                                                                                                    To merge the dark with light


Shadow Sail Theatre at the Oregon Eclipse Festival!

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!

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A haunting forested still from a shadow short created by Islando and Heather Sparks

Shadow Pop Up Book

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".

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Shadow Screens at Beloved's Vote for Dancing

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*

Prayers Illuminated

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.


*Ink etched poetry in hebrew, paper-cut set and puppet pieces by Heather Dawn Sparks*