This website was designed as a showcase for people to view the unusual and ephemeral fruit carvings of B.C. sculptor, Clive Cooper. In addition, it features the artistic endeavours of Clive’s wife, Sharon Smith, a graphic designer, along with works by other talented friends and family members. This is definitely a site where creative ideas abound and that was the concept behind the name “Sparksfly Design”. The idea of sparks flying conjures images of energetic creativity and brilliant ideas literally flying through the air. From extreme pumpkin carving and watermelon carving, to graphic design, fine arts and much more, SparksflyDesign.com is home to a wide variety of creative projects.
CLIVE, THE FRUIT SCULPTOR
Clive has appeared on television numerous times with his eccentric pumpkin and watermelon creations, including the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. He has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world and his alligator watermelon carving went viral, taking pride of place in a spread in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not Eye-Popping Oddities” book. He has made many appearances on BC Global News, The Weather Network, City TV, Jiggy TV, Good Morning America and more, as well as Social Media sites like the Discovery Channel, The Chive, and Fox, to name a few. With no formal training, but with a passion for all things creative, Clive has definitely “carved out” a name for himself as a leading fruit sculptor in British Columbia and beyond.
SHARON, THE GRAPHIC ARTIST
Employed for many years as a Senior Marketing Coordinator creating full page ads, brochures, invitations and the like for a number of insurance companies, Sharon also has a small greeting card company on the side. Occasionally, as time permits, she dabbles in conte crayon, watercolour and pen and ink, but always with a leaning to a more illustrative, graphic art style. Queen of the Concept, Sharon is never short on ideas for “out there” ads and taglines; often waking in the middle of the night with new inspiration.