Honolulu Biennial @ IBM Bldg

More volunteer adventures today at the Honolulu Biennial with work by three internationally renowned artists:

Choi Jeong Hwa’s Breathing Flower is not a bounce house despite the best efforts of young children. A blower within regulates its inflation so it acts as a breathing entity. 

Being an artist myself, I see it as a good lesson in material and color choices. I don’t know how old this specific piece is but it has markedly faded in the sunlight. Is this simply a poor color choice or would a different material in this color held up better. The material itself seems to be sturdy enough otherwise. 

Zhan Wang’s Artificial Rock is a beautiful shiny recreation of a real rock formation. Love it! I am curious as to why the artist chose to create it in steel instead of aluminum? Considering his work is shipped around the world wouldn’t aluminum be lighter weight, less expensive to ship and be easier for art handlers? Or is aluminum that much more expensive in China? 

Yayoi Kusama’s I’m Here, but Nothing is a Hawaiian style room with uv lights and her glowing polka dots everywhere. Her original vision here was to use antique furniture however with Hawaii’s tropical climate and distance from everywhere else, antique furniture is a very difficult order to fulfill. Hawaiian style was negotiated complete with Hawaiian quilt and surfboard!

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Honolulu Biennial @ Foster Botanical Garden

My volunteering adventures with the Honolulu Biennial started here at Foster Botanical Gardens, chilling in the shade next to Yayoi Kusama’s Footprints of Life. I first saw these pieces at Design Sight 2121 in Tokyo several years ago and it was interesting to see them again in this new environment and in this new capacity.

They are so very inviting that children want to climb on them and adults want to sit but they are not structurally sound enough to be park benches.

Please do not sit on me, I am not a Park Bench, Thank You :)
Sean Connelly is an artist from Hawaii who has built a piece addressing ahupua’a, which is a Hawaiian way of land ownership that is uniquely different from the Western idea of a specific property ownership. I learned a lot about Hawaii in my conversation with him. Thanks, Sean!

Andrew Binkley’s Stone Cloud floats in the air amongst the trees as boulders don’t. Visitors have been taking forced perspective photos of each other holding up this huge rock. The stone that is both there and not there, both permenant and impermanent. Andrew has been a great addition to our studio space in Kaka’ako.


Charlton Kupa’a Hee has created ceramic pieces showing the interactions of invasive species’ with many of the native species here in Hawaii. There are a huge number of both flora and fauna that have been brought to the islands that have had a devastating effect on the local life here. But amongst all of them the most destructive has been humans themselves!

As I sat in Lynne Yamamoto’s Borrowed Time, enjoying the afternoon sun, she walked up and we had a lovely conversation about her inspiration. Her own family who have lived in the area around the Foster Botanical Garden for several generations and how cross-cultural and from varied economic levels most Hawaiian families are. Yes, we may interact with her piece :)

Stop by the Foster Botanical Garden to see these unique pieces, visit their website for more details about the Gardens.

Visit www.honolulubiennial.org for more location and event info!

So I have this Stash of Blue Yarns…

Which has lead me to free form a small wall installation:

Tallest piece is 29″ x 5″ (74cm x 13cm)

Medium-sized piece is 4″ x 8″ (10cm x 20cm)

Square Piece is 11″ x 11″ (28cm x 28cm)

Smallest piece is 2″ x 6.5″ (5cm x 17cm)

Materials: Various fun yarns, specially dyed yarns from other projects, ghost netting, plastic wrap, hooking fabric

Created using a Locker Hook and utilizing rug hooking techniques, I’ve only consumed about half of the blue yarn stash. Brighten a small corner of your home with the beautiful ocean blue yarns in this small wall art installation.

More Destash fun yet to happen! To see the progress, Follow my day to day adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Waterfall Designs

Having a bit of fun exploring the different colors, themes, and organic forms possible with the colored copper wire drop designs:

Expanding the limited-edition Honolulu Sunrise color way by creating a larger scene:


Beautiful flowing river fades to copper:

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My work in Mori at The Hub – Honolulu Biennial

Photo Credit @mori_hawaii
In partnership with the Honolulu Biennial Foundation, Mori has a great little curated pop-up shop of local artists at The Hub. Thanks to Aly, I am one of the selected local creatives with work available for sale in the shop! Several sizes and colors of my wire crocheted drops are available to add sparkle to your home, workspace, or garden. 

“Honolulu Sunrise” is a unique color way I created exclusively for the event:

Each piece in the Mori pop-up has been exclusively tagged with “StudioDeanna HB2017” which will only be available until May 8, 2017 when the Honolulu Biennial ends.

Check out the cutest ever handmade ceramic sea turtles! My friend @heybeachcake Mariko Marritt adds such great personality to each charm she creates. This sleepy little Honu is finished off with details using 22k gold and floating on a wire crocheted drop of Deep Turquoise powder coating. I’m happy to partner with her on selected crochet drops which are also available at Mori at The Hub.

Photo Credit: @mori_hawaii

Information about the specially selected artists in the HB, events, and locations available at: www.HonoluluBiennial.org

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