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Open Studio Invitation- Electric Butterflies Art Installation

Come for the Open Studio, stay for the Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri) in Onishi! Grab your Suica Card and jump on the train. Get out of the big city for a summer day trip! My latest work is an installation piece entitled: - Electric Butterflies - Demise & Disposal of the electronic personality. A technological reclamation art installation project combining metals and fibers. What happens when our computer dies? What happens to the electronic personality upon our death? Providing an explosive view of a laptop at the moment of its death, Electric Butterflies, demonstrates the release of the electronic personality within through the hand-crocheted neon yarn butterfly motifs and supportive wire crochet accents. As small electronics continue to be pervasive in our society, society also has a need to address the demise and the disposal of our electronic personality and its toxic body, a laptop in this case, the same as we carefully handle the death of a loved one. When: Saturday, July 12 & 13, 2014 Where: Kotoriya at Shiro Oni Studio in Onishi, Gunma, Japan    370-1401 Funma Fujioka Onishi 529 Japan Access: Detailed directions available from Shiro Oni Studio’s website. Directions From Tokyo to Studio (by train and bus, no pickup required) From AKABANE station Take TAKASAKI SEN line North toward TAKASAKI. The train also stops at IKEBUKURO and SHINJUKU, though less often. Get off at HONJO Station (about an hour and a half, around 1600 yen). Then take a BUS from HONJO station: Walk out ticket gate. Go RIGHT. walk down the stairs. There are three bus stops. Go to the stop on the far RIGHT, in front of the 7-Eleven. Last bus is at 8:15pm weekend, 9pm. weekday. Take bus to ONISHI YUBIN KYOKU MAE 鬼石郵便局前. (40 minutes, 640 yen) Walk toward the stoplight. Turn RIGHT at corner. Walk about 1 minute. Shiro Oni studio is on your right. (3 minutes) Map of Kotoriya Studio in Onishi: I'll be at the Red #3 location:

Progress Report – Shiro Oni Studios Artist Residency

One week done and only one week left to go! More photos of my adventures and the work I've been doing on my Electric Butterflies art installation project:  June is the rainy season here in Japan and the raindrops clinging to this momiji (Japanese Maple) in the pale morning light were a lovely sight as I stepped out of my ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn) one morning.  View from my room at the ryokan another morning.  Thankfully my work with bright neons and el-wire has ensured my days are always sunny!  Found my orange neon yarn at the bottom of the bag.  The beginnings of putting it all together...  Laptop speaker ready for placement within the installation.  Breaktime with Sprinkles! Went to a town BBQ at a nearby community center where they had huge tako senbei (Octopus Rice Crackers) that one could paint a design with a red syrup which then had sprinkles poured over the top. This small town used to have a population of approx 12,000 people as little as 10 years ago, now there are estimated to be less than 7,000. This is a phenomenon happening throughout rural Japan as jobs move to big cities.  I am using the butterfly wing motif throughout the installation on several pieces within the work.  12 gauge aluminum wire feels as soft as working with 26 gauge copper wire. Must be off to get another delicious breakfast at Oni Cafe, and must get back to work! Last night I realized for the right effect I will need to cover the aluminum frame I purchased in yarn. The current look of raw aluminum is too distracting. For daily progress reports you are welcome to follow me on Instagram at Studio Deanna.    

2nd Most Important Item in our Expat Life: Local Calendar

Just purchased our Japanese 2014 Wall Calendar! After my Japanese/English electronic dictionary app, the local calendar hanging on our wall is the most important item for us living here in Japan. Most holidays are so different or so subtle in their observance that I don't even know it is a holiday until I'm at the train station wondering why the train is late. The fact I'm thinking the train is late is my first clue that *I* am the one in error. Too often, in our early days here, I had been on my way to mail a package or pay rent and discover I can't because it's closed. But it's Tuesday? Why is it closed? Then I traipse back home realizing that a simple glance at the calendar would have saved myself a trip out. In all of this, what makes me feel better, is oftentimes there will be a local Japanese making the same mistake as I :) Every year we purchase a calendar from the same artist: Hajime Okamoto. He does quirky cat drawings with traditional Japanese holiday themes throughout the year. They feel like super old-school LOLCats :)

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