Happenings @729Studios in Hawai’i

A great time of year to be back creating artwork in my Honolulu studio space.  Received the wonderful news my proposal for Contact 2018 (Contact Zone) has been accepted so I have been madly working to bring my vision into fruition.

These are photos of the last days in my larger, light filled studio space. We are having big changes happening to 729 Studios in Kaka’ako, I know they are a good idea for the long term but I will miss the bright daylight I am losing by my move to a different space within the studios.

My lovely studio space is changing into a gorgeous gallery space and I’m looking forward to seeing artwork from various artists activating the space.

Despite my cranky, jet-lagged mood, my friend Chloe @chloetomomi has been keeping me company and making me laugh in studio as she continues to improve her watercolor and acrylic painting skills. Follow her on Instagram and check out her newly created website: http://www.chloetomomi.com

In the new smaller studio space I am framing my Endangered Oceans ghost net fiber project for the Punahou Carnival Art Show fundraiser which is coming up the first weekend in February. Also, sketching octopus for both my upcoming cookbook and an art book idea for display in England for World Art Book Day, March 1st.

Oh, and sending out a few more proposal ideas…wish me luck!

Textiles and Robots and Kimono Roboto

Courtesy of a friend with Yaskawa Electric, I rec’d an invitation to the Int’l Robot Exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight. Amazing to see all the various applications of robots in development, how each company creates a ‘look’ for their robots, and how they are being marketed at this industry trade show.

Taping Boxes: Will it wrap B-day gifts?

Does a nice job of taping ones packages – Will it wrap B-day gifts, too?

Alongside the 2018 Autumn/Winter Japan Fashion Week (JFW) are the Premium Textile & Creation textile trade shows. Perfect timing for me as I’m considering adding textile pieces as an extension of my artwork. Had a lovely conversation with Ms. Watanabe who is the International Coordinator for JFW Textile Division.

I found so much more than I expected beyond the next great colors & next great tech fabric. This is Japan so seeing traditional fabrics that we associate as part of kimono and obi fabrics can be custom created to ones modern vision and ones new application idea! Luckily, amongst the many textile manufacturers, I found a couple that look like they will be able to suit my custom requests.

Of course, after the adventures in textiles and robots, this week needed to be culminated with a visit to the Kimono Roboto Exhibition at Omotesando Hills. Background video at the exhibition is by Bjork.

A small, elegant show, highlighting gorgeous kimonos of varying types. From the beautiful hand-painted kind to very, tiny shibori knotted designs to the intricately woven silks. Both the artisans and their works, national treasures here in Japan.

The centerpiece being a robot dressed in full kimono…a very high-tech mannequin surrounded by more high-tech robot admirers.

Today’s Bonus was seeing the Blooming Hot Chocolate at Dominique Ansel’s in Harajuku and enjoying a yummy Mont Blanc.

The poor marshmallow flower sank and the poor waitress was so embarrassed she provided my friend with a new hot chocolate and a correctly blooming flower.

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My Macro Photography work is available at SaatchiArt.com

Imago Mundi Project – Hawaii

The Imago Mundi Project came to Hawai’i early this year and I chose to participate, to show how Hawaii has impacted me.

Provided with a small, wood platform in which to express such a massive change I chose to use acrylic paint. A medium I only recently embraced and in ocean blue colors in which I only recently felt my soul inhaled by truly living in Hawai’i.

Imago Mundi - Studio Deanna
Imago Mundi – Hawaii by Deanna Gabiga

The results of the Imago Mundi Projects’ efforts in Hawaii will be available at Koa Art Gallery at the Book Release Party on Friday, December 15 starting at 3:30PM.

The book Imago Mundi Aloha Spirit is also available online if you are unable to get to Koa Art Gallery.
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and my #adobe365challenge on Twitter: Studio Deanna
Special thanks to my friend @chloetomomi for having gifted me the big set of acrylic paints for which I have had fun experimenting with this popular medium <3
Imago Mundi - Studio Deanna
Imago Mundi – Hawaii by Deanna Gabiga


Blue Dancer Macro Photography Series

Had the opportunity to post more successful macro photography pieces on Saatchi Art to sell. Blue Dancer Series of 3 macro photos has been added to my shop in the New Media Category.

Blue Dancer II


Blue Dancer III

Focusing on my #Adobe365Challenge has made each of my goals within the Adobe programs easier to accomplish. My cookbook is being built in InDesign, one recipe & one lesson at a time. This week I added page numbers and figured out a way to add Japanese with my English UI.

Realized that if one cuts & pastes a shape from the Brightness/Contrast layer there is nothing but air being transferred, oops! #newbieerror

Ooh! And Patterns! Took a nice photograph of octopus arms and placed it in Adobe’s Capture pattern program and had a great time playing with all the different settings! Anyone interested in octopus wallpaper?


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Ocean of Fiber Photography

My Macro Photography work continues with detailed views of my Endangered Oceans fiber art project.


Edited to only the best ones, some square, some round bird’s eye views, mix and match them in various sizes to create a wall installation that suits you best.

Available through my shop on Saatchi Art:


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What’s Next after Ark of the Unicorns Residency

Riding the wave of #NaNoWriMo I have resurrected a writing project I started in 2013 here in Japan. My non-fiction recipe book doesn’t exactly qualify but enough is the same to keep me encouraged each day.

Evernote has kept all of my notes safe, all 78 of them, exactly as I left them! Found the Evernote Moleskine with the gridded pages I love so much in which I had made a few sketches in colored pencil and ink.

Also found the box of example books, fabrics, yarns, and other paper notes.

I plan to complete a rough draft by the end of November then a proposal to send to publishers. Because every creative needs more rejection notices, hehe!

In addition to moving away from Japan, another reason I never completed the book is I didn’t have the food photography skills, nor the photo editing skills or familiar enough with a design program to create my vision for this recipe book as I saw it in my head.

My photography skills have improved, my photo editing skills have improved and putting the project in timeout has helped me streamline and solidify specific ideas within the book.

In whichever medium I play, eventually I need to put some aspect of it through Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom and as I continue to move forward with my work, more and more ideas pop up and can see I need to improve my computer skills to make them happen.

With Adobe Sketch using an iPad Pro I am digitizing those sketches, not just photographing the original sketch with a digital camera but re-sketching them. Using the photo of the sketch as a layer in itself to trace over. I feel like Adobe Sketch has been a gateway drug to seeing so many other possibilities for my work utilizing the Adobe Creative Cloud.

So I am starting an #adobe365challenge this Nov. There is a steep learning curve for some of the things I’d like to do so focusing on learning a bit each day for a year should give me a steadier learning path. Watch my progress through my Twitter: StudioDeanna

The lessons learned during my residency in Honolulu in how to create Crocheted Figure Sculptures will slowly continue during breaks. Additional projects in the works/proposals I started/continued during the residency, have notification dates in the next couple of months. A few more proposals will be sent and my work with Hawaii Craftsmen will also continue, including my inclusion in its 50th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition continues through Nov 10.

Wish me Luck! – Instagram: StudioDeanna


Q. What is the #Adobe365challenge?

A. This is simply part of personal Lifelong Learning goals and part necessity to bring my creative ideas to fruition. I’ve chosen to learn the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps and am documenting my progress, both successes and failures via my Twitter: StudioDeanna w/ #Adobe365challenge

Q. How may I participate in the #Adobe365challenge?

A. Start your 365 days (1 year) of learning the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps when it fits in your schedule, you may choose any start date.

Choose a simple way to document your progress & results for each day, Vlog, Blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Simply use #adobe365challenge for each lesson learned and lets see how much we accomplish!

Yes, I am one of those who makes New Year’s Resolutions :) Usually I complete about 7/10 goals w/good progress on an additional two more…there’s always one that just ends up not being a good idea. During my Artist Residency with Ark of the Unicorns in Honolulu, Hi I realized that I wanted a more focused learning goal to bring my creative ideas to fruition and I also have other reasons, too;


1. Learning shouldn’t end when one graduates, there are so many interesting things to learn about the world. This is just one more way to see the world.

2. Stay Connected with other creatives; both current friends and connect with new ones.

3. Curious how the Adobe CC tools can be used to move my artwork forward & make my artwork better.

4. Curious how I can utilized the Adobe CC to communicate the message in my work better to others who need to hear it.

Currently I’m utilizing Lynda.com and Adobe’s mini tutorials, along with trial and error to achieve my goals.

Would you like to join me and see just how far we can go during this yearlong challenge with the #adobe365challenge?

Follow my progress on Twitter: StudioDeanna

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