If you have been looking for some gorgeous wedding inspiration to bring out your romantic side, then here it is (just in time for Valentines day)!

Him & Her Events coordinated this inspiration shoot with a clear vision of industrial romance.  The Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane offered the perfect setting with brick walls, dark timber and fairytale-like windows and balconies.  To complete the look, every finer detail was styled to perfection.  Classy calligraphy by Chase The Sun Creative, luxurious gold cutlery from Gold Wedding Hire and flowers featuring burgundy hues from Wall Flower Floral Design created a dreamy, intimate wedding tablescape.

Feast your eyes on this tablescape, featuring some sweet neon reflections.

Feast your eyes on this tablescape, featuring some sweet neon reflections.

An intricate lace gown by Jennifer Gifford Designs was complimented by soft colours and pops of vibrancy in the pretty makeup, by The Beauty Case.

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la!

And of course, in the background of all of this beauty, sitting pretty, were our very own, custom designed and handmade neon pieces!  Our neon pieces were a great way to tie all styling aspects together, whilst adding a touch of ambiance to the setting.

Shoot credits:

Neon-  SPARC Design

Even coordination, management, styling-  Him & Her Events

Hair & Makeup-  The Beauty Case

Model-  Emma Kent

Gown-  Jennifer Gifford Designs

Flowers-  Wall Flower Floral Design

Photography-  Kelsea K Photography

Robe-  Home Bodii

Props-  Moments In Vintage

Stationary, Calligraphy-  Chase The Sun Creative

Venue-  The Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane

Cake-  Hansel and Gretel Cakes

Gold Cutlery-  Gold Wedding Hire

 

If you are getting married, or have a special event coming up and want that little extra "something special" - get creative with neon; express yourself!

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SPARC Design has been privileged with the task of creating custom neon pieces for the Montieth's branding campaign throughout Australia; working with The Idea Shed and Drinkworks

From a basic idea, we have designed a complete product that combines the best of retro neon, recycled timber and the latest in neon technology control systems, all whilst maintaining and promoting the Monteith's image.  The finished piece includes our own handmade neon, driftwood-finish timber boxes (handmade from recycled timber) and custom control gear with dimming capabilities.  The finer details of the piece are also not forgotten about, with fabric covered cord, stainless steel suspension system and simple control of dimming.

Keep an eye out for these beauties in pubs and bars around Australia - we'll cheers to that!

Monteith's neon by SPARC Design, Surfers Sandbar, Surfers Paradise QLD

Monteith's neon by SPARC Design, Surfers Sandbar, Surfers Paradise QLD

Monteith's neon by SPARC Design

Monteith's neon by SPARC Design

Monteith's neon in the workshop

Monteith's neon in the workshop

Recycled timber with driftwood finish, by SPARC Design

Recycled timber with driftwood finish, by SPARC Design

Making boxes, SPARC Design

Making boxes, SPARC Design

Keeping it pink, SPARC Design

Keeping it pink, SPARC Design

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Neon advertising in Australia was booming through the 1900s.  Some of the most iconic signs were erected as early as the 1930s, including "Little Audrey" as Skipping Girl Vinegar in Abbotsford, Victoria.  Many of these signs have since been restored and are still standing, with some even claiming heritage listing, such as the Pink Poodle in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

Little Audrey - Skipping Girl Vinegar, Abbotsford, Victoria

Little Audrey - Skipping Girl Vinegar, Abbotsford, Victoria

Pink Poodle, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Pink Poodle, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

These iconic neon signs are now a representation of the former glory of neon advertising in Australia and perhaps, a reminder of how resilient, timeless and stunning neon can be.

Dandy Pig, Dandenong, Vicrtoria

Dandy Pig, Dandenong, Vicrtoria

Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Let the golden oldies inspire you!

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We have recently stumbled upon the fantastic work of artist Olivia Steele and have absolutely fallen in love with her pieces!

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

Olivia utilises "the traditional commercial medium of neon glass to make intimate statements which address deep pondering on the uncertainty of life and the reality of modern culture" (credit: www.oliviasteele.com/statement.html) .

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

For Olivia, neon transforms her "lyrical treasures into illuminated sculptures" for all to consume.

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

The juxtaposition of commercial neon and modern day artwork in Olivia's pieces epitomises SPARC Design's aim for people to create neon designs that reflect their own personality.

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

Thank you Olivia Steele for showing us how much brighter the world is with neon!

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

Please check out Olivia's full collection of art on the web : www.oliviasteele.com and on Instagram : @steeleism

Artist : Olivia Steele

Artist : Olivia Steele

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It all started with an artist's concept and design drawing of a digital neon clock that would also display a moral statement. 

That artist was Lull Studios and they brought that initial concept to SPARC Design & NPA Lighting.  It was then our job to figure out how exactly to achieve the desired result and work closely with the artists along the way to ensure that everything was as they wanted.

The final piece contained around 40 x sections of handmade neon, 33 x power supplies, 6 x custom programmed clock controllers, 1 x custom fabricated cabinet and 2 x 316 stainless steel blades.  All of this was transported from our studio warehouse in the Gold Coast hinterland down to the Coffs Harbour Courthouse and installed by SPARC/NPA 9m high on a concrete wall (without a scissor lift we might add!).

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

Lull Studios explains the concept behind this creation:  "When the number of hours is less than the number of minutes, the moral standing of the human is in credit.  But when the hours are greater in number than the minutes, the moral order flips and the human's ethical account is in arrears.  For one, and only one, minute in each hour, there is perfect equilibrium.

The concept of 'taking a chance' signifies an act of self-assertion in society that could go well or ill.  It could even land you in court.  The concept of 'giving a chance' speaks to a necessary humanitarian relationship with others, of philanthropy and forgiveness.  We live, we learn and the clock goes 'round'."

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

"Nemesis Clock"  Artist: Lull Studios  Photographer: Adrian Boddy  Manufacture & Install: SPARC Design & NPA Lighting

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Neon is a magnificent blend of science and craftsmanship that has been around since 1910.  Predominantly used for signage in it's early existence, the art of neon has evolved to include the beautiful neon designs that we admire today.

Neon lighting is often underestimated and misunderstood.  Unlike other mass-produced lighting products, every piece of neon is handcrafted.

This is an overview of the process for making our SPARC Design neon pieces:

  • Creating the design layout:  This is the fun part for our customers, where you can get creative!  All of the requirements for the desired design must be included in an actual drawing.  This is a very important part of the process as the neon will be made directly over that layout.  Fortunately, this means that what you see in the design concept is what you will get in the end result.  The fluorescent phosphor powder coating within neon tubes allows for a great variety of colours to be achieved with neon lighting.  Our customers can choose any colour from our neon colour chart that they would like their neon to be made in.
SPARC colours

SPARC colours

 

  • Bending the neon:  Once a layout has been confirmed and the customer is happy to proceed with that design, straight tubes of glass are manipulated by hand over flame to match the layout.  Heating the glass to the perfect temperature allows the neon bender to bend it into shape.  Every bend that you see in a neon section has been done by hand.  This step really shows the delicate skill required by the craftsperson.
  • Pumping the neon:  After the tubes have been bent into shape, any impurities and air must be evacuated from the tubing using a high-vacuum pumping system.  This requires bombarding the neon, causing the glass to heat to temperatures between 200 and 225 degrees Celsius.  Once evacuation is complete, the glass is allowed to cool back down to approximately 80 degrees Celsius and is then pumped with an inert gas (either argon or neon) at low pressure and then sealed with electrodes at either end.  It is important in this step, that the neon bender is equipped with appropriate and extensive pumping and bombarding equipment. 
  • Electrical installation:  Neon requires specialised power supplies with connections made at each electrode.  When these power supplies run an electrical current through the processed tubes, the gas particles are "excited" and produce the beautiful neon light that we all love to see.

SPARC Design follows this process for all of our neon pieces - creating handmade, unique lighting designs for our wonderful customers.

We absolutely love keeping the 100+ year old art of neon alive in a modern day design concept, and we hope that you do too!

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SPARC's latest venture was to do the design and set up for a wedding on beautiful Heron Island.  This involved invitations, menus, place names, table settings, flowers and of course, making another unique neon piece! 

 

This wedding was kept very natural and simple, with the colour scheme highlighting the breathtaking surroundings and the bride's mint gown!

 

The "you+me" neon was mounted in another of our handmade recycled timber boxes, this time with the timber having a mint wash over it.  Using warm white neon on this coloured background, created a beautiful glow and crisp illumination of the text.

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sparclavendar
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sparcplacenames
sparcheronjetty
you+me+shoes
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A few of our beautiful SPARC neon pieces were recently used as part of a wedding photo shoot at St Bernards Hotel on Tamborine Mountain.  Such a gorgeous setting it was and our pieces definitely added a touch of uniqueness to some of those shots. 

Thanks so much to The Arched Window for their awesome photography and for these great photos!  Check them out on the web (http://www.thearchedwindow.com.au/) or on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheArchedWindow).

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We absolutely fell in love with this beautiful design by artist Rolf Sachs, titled "ewiger lauf" - translated to "eternal flow".  Such a simple, yet captive piece of art that really uses neon outside of its traditional context.

So, keep your eyes and mind open to the endless possibilities of neon design.  We love making your ideas come to light!

Rolf Sachs "ewiger lauf"

Rolf Sachs "ewiger lauf"

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So many creative ways to incorporate neon into your house design.  We love this modern kitchen/dining area that has a bit of an eccentric flare to it.  The neon certainly does give it an extra edge!

Images thanks to: Manning Marable

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There are so many great ideas out there, so we are giving someone the chance to get their own neon design made.  There's no particular theme to this, so you could be designing for anything from a wedding piece, a gift for someone special or an interior decoration.  Don't forget to tell us in your submission the significance behind the design. 

You have 4 months to get creating and submit your design. 

Follow the steps below and get creative with neon for your chance to WIN!

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To keep with the rustic theme, all of our SPARC pieces that have been mounted on recycled timber, are fire branded with the SPARC logo.

So if you see this brand, it means that the neon piece you are looking at has been uniquely hand made with love in Australia, by Australian craftspeople, through SPARC Design.

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Another beautiful SPARC neon piece is out there, shining it's light on the world.  We thoroughly enjoyed making this piece for AV Ideas Corporate and it does look stunning when it's all dressed up.  A very unique wedding lighting idea that would also look great in a home.

Love, thanks to AV Ideas Corporate and SPARC Design

Love, thanks to AV Ideas Corporate and SPARC Design

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We are at a point in time where we need to think outside of the box when it comes to neon and indeed, the options are limited only by our own imagination!  Neon is no longer only synonymous with flashing fish and chips signs, this traditional lighting is now making a comeback in more domestic applications.  Incorporating neon into interior design can mean adding a pop of colour to a room or leaving a subtle message.

We really love these beautiful designs by Elizabeth Stanley and Anna Burles that use white on white colours, showcasing the raw neon.  We hope you too find some inspiration in these. 

 

Elizabeth Stanley Design

Elizabeth Stanley Design

Anna Burles

Anna Burles

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 If you are looking for that special "wow factor" piece to top off your wedding or event decorations, hiring a one-of-a-kind SPARC design is a great way to go.

All of our neon pieces that are featured on our website are also available for hire.  If you are after an even more unique design that we don't already have, we can work together with you to bring your very own creation to light!

Our standard hire terms are for 48 hours, with a starting rate of $200.00 + GST + freight (if  required).

All of SPARC's neon pieces are real neon (no LED copy cats here!) and locally handmade to create a one-of-a-kind design.

Browse through our website to see some of our beautiful existing designs, get your thinking caps on and those creative juices flowing!

(Don't forget that you can always purchase a SPARC piece outright so that you can remember and cherish your special day always).

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We've got some great new solar LED products to be released soon, including a Solar Candle and "Full Moon" Ball of Light.  The Solar Candle has a soft, warm white light that flickers like a flame within a frosted glass housing.  The Ball of Light gives off a constant glow and makes for a unique feature in the garden and even the pool, as it can float on water!

Our SPARC lighting enthusiasts have been testing this new solar range over the past few months to make sure that the products tick all of the boxes - practicality, reliability, style, durability, effectiveness.  Being successful with meeting this criteria, we are very excited to launch these products in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for the Solar Candle and Ball of Light, hitting our Products page soon!

Solar Candle

Solar Candle

Ball of Light

Ball of Light

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SPARC Design is an Australian company that has emerged from
an existing Australian wholesale lighting supplier.

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