(events + deco + design)

NephilNine is the brainchild of New York artist Sue Helfrich, creating event decorations and installation art since 2004. A classically-trained artist with a degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC, USA), Helfrich is deeply involved in each NephilNine installation:

“What drew me to decorating events was a passion for immersing someone in a fantastic environment. As a child, I dreamed of being able to explore the surreal worlds portrayed in fantasy/science fiction movies and TV shows. Now I enjoy being able to create worlds of my own design, even if only for a night, so that others may explore them.”

The NephilNine repertoire includes stretched spandex forms, a variety of geometric and organic 3-D UV sculptures, and large-scale string installations. These often psychedelic creations define events ranging from underground dance parties and major music festivals to private ceremonies and celebrations all over the world. NephilNine’s art is primarily made of layered cut fabric shapes. The fabric, which is often combined with other types sculpture, shapes space and light, surrounding performers and participants in beautiful environments.

Each space is different. No two installations are alike. Each is a study of Impermanence, Improvisation, and Growth. Lighting provided by other artists adds changing dimension. NephilNine takes the entirety of the space into consideration when designing, including the environmental impact of the materials used.

Festivals Decorated & Events of Note

Gemini Dreams Festival, Laytonville, CA (USA) – Main & Indoor Stages
Sustainable Bass, Maui, HI (USA) – Main Stage Installation Design
Equinox Arts & Music Festival, Asheville, NC (USA) – Main Stage
PEX Summer Festival, Darlington, MD (USA) – Psytrance Barn Stage
Autumation Music Festival, Lake George, NY (USA) – Main Stage
NYC Gratitude - NYC, NY (USA) - Silent Disco/Apocalyptic Throwdown
Vaporize, Denver, CO (USA) – Main Stage
Figure @ The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (USA) – Main Stage
F.O.E. Music Festival, NY (USA) – Main & Indoor Stages
The 4th Annual Pink Moon Festival, VW (USA) – Main Stage 
Preclipse Festival, CT (USA) – Indoor Stage
Zenergy Festival, Candler, NC (USA) – Main Stage
Respect Festival, Echo Lake, NY (USA) – Main Stage

Infected Mushroom NYE @ The Best Buy Theater, NYC, NY (USA)
The Big Up Festival, NY (USA) – The Woods Stage
Toca Cielo @ Cielo Nightclub, Manhattan, NY (USA) – January 28th
PEX Summer Festival, MD (USA) – Psytrance Barn Stage
CoSM Full Moon Ceremony w/Ken Jordan, NY (USA) – Main Stage
NYC Gratitude - NY (USA) - Silent Disco Tent
Future Folk Festival, VT (USA) – Main Stage
Backfield to the Future Festival, Ballston Spa, NY (USA) – Main Stage
Evolve Music & Yoga Festival, NJ (USA) – Main & Side Stages 

Shaman Tales: Aqua Festival, Ontario (Canada) – Main Stage
Coalesce Summer Festival, Darlington, MD (USA) – Main Stage

Residencies and Permanent Installations

Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), Wappangers Falls, NY (USA)
– Event Decorator Residency – June 2011 to present
The Sullivan Room, Manhattan, NY (USA)
– Permanent Installation – January 2012 to Present
Club Karma, Seaside Heights, NJ (USA)
– Main Floor Deco Mini Residency – August 2011

(Bio Last Updated December 23, 2012)

Often I’m asked why monofilament fishing line is not used in my deco installations. The reason is environmental impact wherein monofilament fishing line lasts 600 years, and I only need guide lines in place for around 6 days.


Please contact us at NephilNine:

FOR FLIER LISTINGS, please use the following format -

deco/spandex/sculpture/string (as is applicable) installation by:


Please contact us at NephilNine:

FOR FLIER LISTINGS, please use the following format -

deco/spandex/sculpture/string (as is applicable) installation by:

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