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. [caption id="attachment_76166" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Blue Dancer II[/caption] [caption id="attachment_76167" align="alignnone" width="1153"] Blue Dancer III[/caption] 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? You can follow my daily challenges via Twitter: StudioDeanna. Follow my art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Bright Turquoise Waterfall Wire Sculpture has been chosen!

Thank You ever so much to juror Magdalene Odundo, OBE, one of my wire crochet sculpture pieces has been chosen for Hawaii Craftsmen's 50th Anniversary Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition! Hand-crocheted from 16gauge and 20gauge copper wire and then powdered coated to add fun, bright color to a spot in one's home or garden. Bright Turquoise Waterfall is approx 27" x 6" x 6" Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony for Hawaii Craftsmen's Exhibition is on Tuesday, Oct 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Gallery in the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Please stop by to see the really amazing caliber of craftsmanship found here in the Hawai'i Islands! Bright Turquoise Waterfall is available for sale at the Exhibition w/a portion of sales going to support Hawaii Craftsmen, a non-profit arts organization. Similar Designs in the Waterfall Series are available at Mori Hawaii in the South Shore Marketplace and at the Hawaii State Art Museum's Gallery Shop! [gallery ids="74867,74866" type="rectangular"] Follow my art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna My newest steps toward working on lines in the human form can be found on Instagram: ArkoftheUnicorns where I currently am Artist-in-Residence.

Studio Visit, Stitch Experiments, & Lefty Achievement Unlocked

On Wednesday, Bernice Akamine came by for a studio visit. She is a well respected Native Hawai'ian artist who also does wire stitchwork. She just had a solo show on the Big Island and I greatly appreciate her taking the time to stop by! There are not many other wire stitch artists so it was wonderful to talk with her. She continues to work in wire and was also chosen by Magdalene Odundo, OBE, to have wire work pieces in Hawaii Craftsmen's Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition opening on Oct 24, 2017. We talked about one of my newest pieces, Figure #3, and how best to move forward. My current efforts had matchy, matchy embroidery thread accents however she recommended going much darker, and try it with wire first, just to see. "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams Five mis-starts later I see that the sapphire blue wire is just not going to create the look I wanted. Then I remembered Bernice often uses a different technique in her wire work so I started out again. This time attempting a knotless knitting technique. Still couldn't get it to look quite right. So out came the embroidery floss in the lovely dark blue. Multiple attempts with different thread counts, different hook sizes and the best look still eluded me. Finally reaching the best thread count with the right hook size and yet again stitching away I see the stitches are not laying well, looking too 'backwards' in my attempt towords a specific directionality. I want the eye to travel easily over the work, to flow from left to right. The only way I can achieve that best look, in the direction I want, is to learn to crochet left handed! After a dinner break with friends, I jumped back in and forged ahead with lefty stitching. Slow going but finally got the look I wanted!! This residency is filled w/experiments & mistakes, ripping out stitches and trying yet again. Much of my time is filled with work yet little progress to show for it. The end result is that Figure #3 will eternally be a prototype, a single piece of work filled with ideas that together don't make a great piece of art. Yet moving forward, these lessons learned will provide the much stronger work from me in the future. And…

First Friday Exhibition at Ark of the Unicorns

Thank You ever so much to everyone who came out to the see Friendship-in-Progress: Tokyo X HNL at Ark of the Unicorns on First Friday. We appreciate your love of art and your support very much. It has been a busy couple of weeks so far as the Artist-in-Residence. In addition to my exploration of Figures in Wire Sculpture designs, I have had the opportunity to attend an art class in the community organized by Hawaii Craftsmen. All of the other students, including the instructor of Hawaii Craftsmen's Master Workshop w/Magdalene Odundo stopped into the Friends-in-Progress Exhibition. Enjoying the creativity our guests bring into the space One of my earliest Charted Wire Crochet Figure Patterns originally created using Adobe Sketch on my iPad Pro, a work-in-progress photo, and the final wire crocheted piece: [gallery ids="75580,75581,75582" type="rectangular"] Demonstrating and creating the third figure in progress, Woman in the Water. (Pictured in the Featured Image) Utilizing several blue shades and gauges of wire, it is only in the actual stitching of the piece that I find the best pattern and look I am wanting to show: The ultimate goal as Artist-in-Residence is the design and creation of 3D Figures. The feature of using layers in Adobe Sketch allows me to explore several ideas at once within a single sketch and I chose to print all three to see if one pops out as better than the others. Size: 11 x 17 inches each. Being Goofy with Chloe Tomomi and Andrew in Chloe's watercolor space. Find her work on Instagram: ChloeTomomi Chloe's watercolors of shinrin-yoku and satori experiences were so beautifully created. Hung in gallery space in the simplest of ways made them easy for guests to see her depth of scenes through choices of colors and materials: [gallery ids="75567,75568" type="rectangular"] My friend Mia O also had beautiful work here at Ark of the Unicorns and we had a lot of questions about her mokuhanga, wood-block printing work. Many were curious about the paper she used. Her prints are on washi paper of varying thicknesses and varieties. You can follow her work on Instagram: Mia_O_pen Follow Ark of the Unicorns for more of my Artist Residency adventures and future artists in this space in Chinatown Artists Lofts on Instagram: Ark of the Unicorns Follow me on Instagram: StudioDeanna to watch my progress on Women in the Waves and my first foray into 3D…

Photography, Video, & Studio Time…

In the studio I continue to work on my macro photography and am happy with the results. Always room for improvement, of course and with each new lesson I learn in Photoshop I find I am able to take better photographs the next time. Some days the best photo editing is the delete button. Moving beyond a lovely photograph I am working with creating shadows with the wire. Unfortunately the rainy season seems to have moved in over a month late. Plus my home has the strange privacy windows that are frosted. Nice for taking photos but are the worst for creating shadows. Need to move my work outside my home to see the final results. [caption id="attachment_75233" align="alignnone" width="639"] PC: @hisam_gs_mori[/caption] In a wonderful surprise, I found my work on display, ready for sale at the Hawaii State Art Museum's Gallery Shop Opening Event!! Thank you, thank you, thank you ever so much to Mori & Lisa Shiroma =) Their support for local artists in Hawaii is epic! [wpvideo to126A3a] Waterfall Drop piece, 75cm x 10cm, a short vid to see what a simple photograph cannot capture. Almost done with this piece, double stranded 20 gauge wire with very unique, handmade beadwork. Another experiment in shapes, forms, colors, and putting the beads on in the correct order. The beads need to be added first and in a backwards fashion to the final pattern. Somehow I got them on sideways to the original pattern. With wire it is a done deal, it's "Make it Work" as Tim Gunn would say. We'll see soon what the final results will be. [caption id="attachment_75242" align="alignnone" width="742"] PhotoCredit: Bernice Akamine/Kahilu Theatre Galleries(?)[/caption] I've learned a lot from listening to Bernice Akamine speak in person. I've learned a lot from her work both as a wire artist and an artist with a strong message as a native Hawai'ian Cultural Practitioner. I highly recommend going to see her work and attending her Artist Talk on Saturday, Aug 19. Ever so disappointed I won't be in Hawaii during the show but I hope you attend. Listen. What will you learn from her? Follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Hanging Out at ROC

Thanks to an opportunity through Hawai'i Craftsmen, it's my turn to have art work at the Real Office Center in Chinatown Honolulu. Two of my waterfall pieces are hanging out in the 1st Floor window: [caption id="attachment_74943" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Deep Turquoise Waterfall (36" x 5" x 7")[/caption] Each piece is a hand-crocheted copper wire sculpture & custom powder-coated ready for hanging indoors or out. [caption id="attachment_74944" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Bright Turquoise Waterfall (27" x 5" x 5")[/caption] Contact me at StudioDeanna (at) me (dot) com if you are interested in owning one of these hand-crocheted sculptures. Follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna  

My work in Mori at The Hub – Honolulu Biennial

Photo Credit @mori_hawaii In partnership with the Honolulu Biennial Foundation, Mori has a great little curated pop-up shop of local artists at The Hub. Thanks to Aly, I am one of the selected local creatives with work available for sale in the shop! Several sizes and colors of my wire crocheted drops are available to add sparkle to your home, workspace, or garden.  "Honolulu Sunrise" is a unique color way I created exclusively for the event: Each piece in the Mori pop-up has been exclusively tagged with "StudioDeanna HB2017" which will only be available until May 8, 2017 when the Honolulu Biennial ends. Check out the cutest ever handmade ceramic sea turtles! My friend @heybeachcake Mariko Marritt adds such great personality to each charm she creates. This sleepy little Honu is finished off with details using 22k gold and floating on a wire crocheted drop of Deep Turquoise powder coating. I'm happy to partner with her on selected crochet drops which are also available at Mori at The Hub. Photo Credit: @mori_hawaii Information about the specially selected artists in the HB, events, and locations available at: To see my daily art adventures, follow me on Instagram @StudioDeanna