Welcome to my Studio, where bright, tropical Hawai’i style meets the meticulous aesthetic of Japanese craftsmanship.

From her earliest days working with metals creating jewelry, Deanna Gabiga wanted to create larger works and have a more direct connection with the metal itself.

Finding a magazine article about California metals artist, Arline Fisch, Deanna found the next iteration of her metal working possiblilites. Fisch’s colorful, voluminous crocheted art works intrigued her so much she purchased Fisch’s book, picked up yarn and a simple hook to learn how to crochet.

Unable to see the detailed stitches in small magazine photographs, Deanna believed what Aline Fisch and Ruth Asawa were doing was all the same as crocheting a scarf or a blanket. After learning to crochet with yarn she exchanged it for her preferred medium of wire, experimenting with steel, aluminum, and settling on her favorite, copper.

At this time Deanna moved to San Diego, CA and coincidentally met Arline Fisch who, being the consummate teacher, asked questions, listened intently, and provided advice Deanna continues to use to this day to improve her work in the studio.

It turns out it was often a different stitching technique Fisch and Asawa used with their crochet hooks but creating the multi-loop stitches has become a beautiful style which Deanna prefers to use in her work, along with utilizing much larger gauges of wire. This style provides a strong support structure and an engaging look for her hand-stitched sculpture works.

Returning to Japan after a short time in California, Deanna was also influenced by the meticulousness of Japanese craftsmanship and its minimal aesthetic. It mirrored Deanna’s new minimalist way of working as she had removed all extraneous tools she was using to create jewelry. She began to experience the wire’s meditative malleability in her hands with every single stitch she created. This new technique with a thread of wire and a crochet hook has made it possible for her to create larger sculpture designs.

Her influences, explorations, and international exhibitions in wire include, but not limited to; an arts festival in Black Rock City, NV, butterflies at Cairns Botanic Centre, and invasive philodendron in Hawai’i. Deanna Gabiga is originally from the US, most recently having lived in bright, tropical Hawai’i, and is currently living in Japan.

Have a question? Message me through the form below: Scroll further to see how my studio was set up in Hawai’i and to see my resumé – Thank You!

I loved my studio space in Hawai’i, open to the gorgeous tropical weather all year-round. My favorite years of metal and fiber stitching experiments continue with me here in Japan.

Resume 日本語下をします。

2022 Interval, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2015          Butterfly Rainforest: Preparing for Flight, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
2014          Electric Butterflies, Shiro Oni Studio, Onishi, Gunma, Japan

2019 In the Details – Tokyo, Japan, Le Deco Gallery
2022 10 – Yokohama, Japan, Launch Pad Gallery

2022 Independent_Tokyo – Tokyo PortCity, Tokyo, Japan
2022 IN/tangible – Art For Thought Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Imagination for the Future – Gallery Keifu, Kyoto, Japan
2019 Aloha Spirit Hawai’i, Imago Mundi Project – Luciano Benetton Collection, Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, Italy
2019 SICF20 (20th Spiral Independent Creators Festival) – Tokyo, Japan, Spiral Hall by Wacoal Art Center
2018 Turning the Page – Paper Gallery, Manchester, England
2018 Reading Between the Lines – Yokohama, Japan, LaunchPad Gallery
2018 Cosmopolitan Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, Setagaya Art Museum Taiji Kiyokawa Memorial Annex
2018 Contact 2018: Contact Zone, Honolulu, Hawaii (Curated by Michael Rooks & Keola Naka’ahiki Rapozo)
2018 World Book Day, St. Helens, England
2018 729 Studios @ Aupuni Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
2017 Aloha Spirit Hawai’i, Imago Mundi Project – Luciano Benetton Collection, Koa Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
2017 Hawai’i Craftsmen – 50th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Magdalene Odundo, OBE)
2017 Mori Pop-Up x Honolulu Biennial 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii (Curated by Mori by Art+Flea)
2016 First Friday, Ark of the Unicorns, Chinatown Artists Lofts, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Nanci Amaka)
2016 Impressions16, Print & Art Book Fair, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI
2016 Mixed Media Miniature 19 – Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2016 Mo’ili’ili Mural Project, Mccully & Algaroba Sts, Honolulu, HI, One Little “Island” Artist Collective (Photonworks Engineering, LLP)
2016 Hawai’i Craftsmen – 49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Cindi Strauss)
2016 In, Of, or About Fiber, Hawaii Craftsmen, Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Greg Kaufman)
2016 Selections from Contact 2016: Foreign and Familiar, The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Isabella Ellaheh Hughes and Herman Piʻikea Clark)
2016 Until We Meet Again, One Little “Island” Artist Collective, Square Barrels, Honolulu, HI
2016 Contact 2016: Foreign and Familiar, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (Curated by Isabella Ellaheh Hughes and Herman Piʻikea Clark)
2015 Mixed Media Miniature 18 – Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2015 Hawai’i Craftsmen – 48th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery , Honolulu, HI (Curated by Dr. Lowrey Stokes Sims)
2015 La Petite, One Little “Island” Artist Collective, Square Barrels, Honolulu, HI
2014 SPUN Fiber Exhibition, Etui Fiber Arts, Larcham, NY (Curated by Bartholomew Bland)
2014 Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Art Byte Critique Group)
2013 Tokyo Spidering, Hagiso Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Art Byte Critique Group)
2012 Art Divas, Main Street Gallery 5, El Cajon, San Diego, CA
2011 Metamorph-Us: Butterfly Garden, Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV
2008 Kanazawabunko Art Festival, Oppama, Japan

2017      Oil & Water Drop Project, Kaka’ako Agora, Honolulu, HI (w/Nanci Amaka) (Sponsored by POW!POW!Worldwide x HNL Night Market)
2017      Volunteer, Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu, Hawaii

2017, Artist-in-Residence, Ark of the Unicorns-Chinatown Artists Lofts, Honolulu, Hawaii
2015, Artist-in-Residence, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
2014, Studio Residency, Shiro Oni Studio, Onishi, Gunma, Japan

Wire Crochet Workshops, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 2015
Private Crochet Tutorials, Yokosuka & Tokyo, Japan 2011 – 2015
Private Crochet Tutorials, San Diego, CA 2011

Japanese Ceramic Workshop – John Dix, Shiro Oni Studios, Gunma, Japan, 2014
Color Theory Drawing – Patti Fox Arts, San Diego, CA, 2011
Flower Garden Crochet Design – Barbara Chapman, San Diego, CA 2011
Chyoukin Metalsmith Design – Kamimura Yasasuge, Yokosuka, Japan 2005 – 2008
Stone Setting – Peter Robinson, Costa Blanca, Spain 2008
College of Fine Arts, Univ of NSW, Sydney, Jewellery Design, 2006
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia Jewellery Manufacture, 2005
Bucks County CC, Advanced Jewelry & Silversmithing – Cris Martino,Pennsylvania 1998
Bucks County CC, Jewelry Design – Cris Martino, Pennsylvania, 1997

“Mural Fortitude.” Honolulu Magazine. by James Charisma (May 2017)
“Excerpt From Interview with Crochet Artist Deanna Gabiga.” Crochet Concupiscence. October 16, 2015 Vercillo, Kathryn.
“Artist Profile: Deanna Gabiga – Textile and Metalsmith Crochet Artist” Happily Hooked Magazine, Oct 2016.
“19 New Crochet Patterns + More (Link Love).” Crochet Concupiscence. (April 11, 2015)
Denise Carter, “American Metal and Fibre Artist…,” Cairns Eye (March 30, 2015 2:58pm)
2009 – 2010   VivaLaModa Online Fashion Magazine, various jewelry fashion & stone purchasing articles

ガビガ ディアナ





2022年『INTERVAL』Launch Pad Gallery、横浜市

2015年『蝶の熱帯雨林』ケアンズ植物園、ケアンズ市, オーストラリア





2019年『イン ザ ディテールズ』アートバイト講評団、ギャラリー・ルデコ、東京部

2019年『アロハスピリットハワイ、イマゴムンディプロジェクト-ルチアーノベネトンコレクション』刑務所のギャラリー、トレヴィーゾ市 イタリア



2018年『行間を読む』Launch Pad Gallery, 横浜市








2016年『Contact 2016からの抜粋:外国人およびなじみのある人』マークスガレージの芸術、ホノルル市、ハワイ州

2016年『Contact 2016:外国人およびなじみのある人』ホノルルミュージアムオブアートスクールメインギャラリー、ホノルル市、ハワイ州


2015年『Contact 2016からの抜粋:外国人およびなじみのある人』マークスガレージの芸術、ホノルル市、ハワイ州



2020年『The Screen and Beyond 』アートバイト講評団、アドベ

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