The Butterfly Rainforest is finished and will be on exhibition through May 11 at the Cairns Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre everyday from 10:30 - 3PM. Professional photographer Michael Marzik has snapped some great photos of the Butterfly Rainforest art installation and I've posted a few here, there are more in my Portfolio. Come explore the fibre and wire crocheted rainforest of Far North Queensland, Australia: Michael Marzik Photography: M.Marzik (at) hotmail (dot) com Follow me on Instagram: Studio Deanna to find out what my next project will be!
Happily, there is a lot of progress to report today! Still living and posting through my smart phone so apologies for typos and formatting issues that are likely to happen. I've also blown through the wifi data plan here at the house so thankfully my SIM card plan has unlimited data on the weekends! Yay! AND free international phone calls to several countries :0 Hang in there, art & crochet photos are forthcoming...so follow me on my Cairns adventures this past week: On my walks through the Cairns Botanic Gardens I see something new each day. For the first time I spied the Desert Petunia, a favorite of the Lurcher Butterfly. I'm super pleased with the final crochet design I created. My design for the Native Dutchman Vine, a favorite of the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly went well also: Relaxing at the Esplanade is a must for visitor's and residents of Cairns alike: There is no swimming or sunbathing on the beach due to crocodiles! Dusk brings the spectacular Flying Fox bats to flight in search of dinner, or would that be their breakfast? The pink flowered Evodia tree continues to grow, the top branch section at approx 70cm: Trunk details; yarn-y bark work and the early stages of adding on the Strangler Fig: Finally!! The pieces are starting to come together! A full 165cm of tree so far: I would love to see you at the launch on Friday, April 10 at 2PM here at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor's Centre: Interested in adding a bit of wire crochet to your already enjoyable fibre crochet repertoire? I'll be conducting a workshop on Saturday, April 11: Fibre crochet for beginner's and intermediate levels are available the next week. Contact Tanks Arts Centre at 4032 6600. To see my day to day adventures and progress you are welcome to follow me on Instagram: Studio Deanna Everyone in Cairns has been very welcoming and I greatly enjoyed the dinners over at a new friend's home with her family and lifelong friends. She was very brave and decided to try a new chocolate fondue which was a smashing succes...until we wanted to dip the little Easter chicks, too!
It has been such a luxury to have days and days in a row of uninterrupted time to just work on my Butterfly Rainforest! Each day brings such a huge amount of progress it leaves me so much to look forward the next day. While the photos don't look like I've made much progress, actual measurements do! The tree is a total of 140cm tall and has been branching out. More leaves, more flowers, a trip to the hardware store and introducing a class to working with metals have been the highlights. Oh, and a few interviews, too!A much needed trip to the hardware store led me to find what looks just like a Yoyoi Kusama art installation: I have now seen, in the wild, 3 of the 4 species of butterflies I'm including in my Butterfly Rainforest; the Ulysses, the Cairns Birdwing, and the Lurcher. Many have asked how big will the piece be? It will be as big a my supply of colored copper wire. Of which I now only have 10 spools of the 20 gauge. I started with about 70! Up to 45 cm and growing...while I still have wire. Wire crocheting buttress roots and stabilizing the tree trunk at the same time. Adding yarn for color and texture, A lovely sky at dusk: Only two weeks left until the Launch and my Artist Talk at Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor's Centre, 2PM. For more day to day progress on my wire crocheted Butterfly Rainforest art installation, follow me on Instagram: Studio Deanna.
The area in the Cairns Botanic Gardens where I am working is a multi-use space and I found myself attending the latest "Walk & Talk" event hosted by Friends of the Botanic Gardens: Watching Out for Wicked Weeds. Many native butterflies here in Far North Queensland enjoy plants and flowers from non-native species. Some are also killed by them. It took me a long time to wade through information to ensure each plant and flower I created was, in fact, a native species. Common names and Latin names were often haphazardly applied leaving this non-botanist a bit perplexed. Today's informative session by members of Australia's Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry solidified for me that the initial research I did was worth the effort! Having access to Botanists has helped also. I did stump them with my question about the fruit on the Walking Stick Palm tree:Each Walking Stick Palm I have seen in photos or here in real life has either orange fruit or red fruit. Do the orange ones become red or does each plant have its own specific colored fruit and they don't change color?The Botonists didn't have an answer for me as it takes 10 years for the Palm to come to fruit and an experiment started by one could not completed with a reliable answer. But he did tell me they are edible and the red ones taste better :)As a painter will paint what they see, I will stitch what I see!For more of my day to day Artist-in-Residence adventures, follow me on Instagram: Studio Deanna