Artist-in-Residence! Tanks Arts Centre – Cairns Botanic Gardens

5 years since my original thought of creating a large butterfly themed art installation piece, I have found a home in which to build: Cairns Botanic Garden Visitor’s Centre. A bit of Day 1:



This place is hopping with arts activities in multiple genres such as Sorority which is celebrating International Women’s Day. 



A couple reference shots on a hot, muggy, rainy day…



Great performance by The Painted Ladies!! A bang-up first day in Cairns!!

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Butterfly Rainforest: Preparing for flight  

 
10 April – 11 May

Deanna Gabiga is an American fibre artist and metalsmith based in Tokyo, creating sculptures and large scale installation pieces utilizing textile techniques. 

 From mid-March, Deanna will be in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, pushing the boundaries of fibre and wire crochet to create a large butterfly rainforest environment.  Inspired by her travels in Australia, Deanna has created designs specific to butterfly species native to Far North Queensland.  Come and watch the rainforest grow. Follow the life-cycle of tropical butterflies as they prepare for flight. Then after the installation is done, learn some of Deanna’s fascinating techniques in a series of workshops. 

 
WORKSHOP DATES:  SATURDAY 11 APRIL, and 14, 15, 16 APRIL (See SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Page)

Learn to Crochet with fibre and wire, from beginners to intermediate.

COST: $40/$20 (MATERIALS INCLUDED)

BOOKINGS: Ph 4032 6600

LAUNCH AND ARTIST TALK: 2PM FRIDAY 10 APRIL

VENUE: BOTANIC GARDENS VISITOR CENTRE COST: FREE

OPEN: 10:30AM – 3PM DAILY

INFO: http://www.studiodeanna.com

Follow my day to day progress building the Butterfly Rainforest on Instagram: Studio Deanna

Rainforest on the Move

Today’s jet lagged post will be a bit haphazard so just sit back and enjoy the eclectic pacing of my latest adventures:

 Everything is still moving forward for me to begin my Artist Residency with Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns, Australia next month! The butterfly research and design work I have been doing for these past months have been to fulfill a 5 year effort to build a wire crochet butterfly art installation.

Photo by Lori Ono
Photo by Lori Ono

The biggest surprise came through a job transition from Japan to Hawaii. Inside a large dishpack moving box went all the materials I need to create my installation. Thankfully it is warm in both Hawaii and Cairns so a basic carry-on can hold all my clothes necessary. The box weighed almost 22KG!! No extra charge for my “luggage -in-a-box” Phew!

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In the hotel in Japan, in the hotel in Hawaii, in the new apartment devoid of furniture, I work each day making steady progress:

Hot Metal Coloured Copper Wire Crochet work in Hawaiian sun. This is the start of the Evodia Tree.

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Special thanks to SpamKNITsubi for the lovely welcome to Hawaii. Through her I was able to meet other fiber artists here in Hawaii and help HotXTea with his installation for Pow!Wow!Hawaii!

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Rug Hooking the rainforest floor using a Locker hook:

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A tree grows in a hotel room:

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This is where it goes!

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Details: Hey, SnB Ladies! Remember that fun green yarn I bought at Classe yarn shop in Daikanyama? It works exactly as I had hoped. The most non-arty person recently said to me, “Hey, that looks like grass!” :)

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 Time for me to get back to work! You can watch my day to day progress on Instagram at StudioDeanna

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– Hibiscus here in Hawaii –