Calabao Construction

The Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants website has been extremely helpful for obtaining scientific accuracy in my creation of the crocheted Calabao. The Calabao is a preferred food plant for the larvae of the Green Spotted Triangle Butterfly.


Prototypes, mistakes, and final designs for the Calabao flower emerging from the ends.


Each flower is approximately 40 – 50mm when in full bloom.

Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
 Photo from the Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants website.


Leaves grow to a length of 7 – 25 cm, width of 3.5 – 9cm with ruffled edges.

Follow my day to day design work and building of the Butterfly Flight Prep art installation on Instagram: Studio Deanna

Published by Studio Deanna Welcome! I’m Deanna, a metals & fiber artist creating sculptures and wall art installations. My work is very tactile, 2D & 3D textiles and often takes organic forms inspired by our natural planet. My international experiences have provided the opportunity to swim in the gorgeous tropical waters around Hawai’i, hiking in the rainforests of Far North Queensland, and the breathtaking beauty in Africa. Utilizing my custom-made steel tools, my favorite pieces to create are large-gauge wire crochet sculptures. My meticulously handcrafted designs will enrich your office, home, and outdoor living spaces. Currently I am dividing my time between the Tokyo Bay Area and Hawai’i and am open for commission art works.