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!!

The Painted Ladies

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

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