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.

Blue Dancer II


Blue Dancer III

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?


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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!

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My newest steps toward working on lines in the human form can be found on Instagram: ArkoftheUnicorns where I currently am Artist-in-Residence.

Artist-in-Residence at Ark of the Unicorns

First full day at Chinatown Artists Lofts and I wake up to bamboo filling a bright alcove space. In Japan, on the first day of business, it is customary to see a new bamboo stalk ready to grow as the business does. Coincidentally it was also World Bamboo Day, an auspicious beginning, I felt.

Each morning lazy Loft Cat oozes about the greenery, but does deign to twitch his tail if you wish him a “Good Morning.” Jet lag hits hard in the afternoon so Loft Cat has the right idea.

Focusing this artist residency on the human form I have started with sketching ideas. Utilizing Adobe Sketch and all the fun layers options I designed a first test piece:

It’s been a great week of reconnecting with Hawai’i and reconnecting with friends with the week culminating in full day of concentrated studio time with my friend, Chloe Tomomi! I finished stitching the wire crocheted sculpture form I started earlier in the week. Using 20 gauge black wire and adding a 26 gauge navy blue, several stitch plans had to be revised to create the look I was going for. I still have a thought to add a few fiber accents. Not sure if it will be a good idea but adding them and changing my mind won’t harm the piece:

Total size: 24″ x 3″ – Using a Japanese size 8 hook.

As I took photos of our progress, I see that Chloe Tomomi’s colorful painting stands out:

Chloe and I started the days work with a conversation re the Japanese use of blue vs green and with a lovely landscape with mountains in just the right shade of ‘green.’

After creating them she chose to switch gears and made this lovely scene:

Materials: Arches Cold Press 140lb, Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36, Daniel Smith, Holbein Gouache 18

Later in the evening she chose to complete the first piece:

Materials: Arches Cold Press 140lb, Nicker Poster Color. Inspired by Nickerenogu YouTube vid.

Many of Chloe’s works are available in her Etsy Shop: Chloe Tomomi

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Ark of the Unicorns’ Artist Residency at Chinatown Artists Lofts: Instagram: ArkoftheUnicorns

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.

PC: @hisam_gs_mori

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!

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.

Bernice Akamine
PhotoCredit: Bernice Akamine/Kahilu Theatre Galleries(?)

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?

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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:

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Thank You ever so much to Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence for the wonderful interview. She has done a lot to forward information about the amazing work of crochet artists and the health benefits of this hand-craft hobby.

Image from StudioDeanna/KVercillo/HappilyHooked

An “Excerpt from Interview with Crochet Artist Deanna Gabiga” is available on her website but I highly recommend checking out the latest copy Happily Hooked for all the juicy details. I divulge a few secret tips & techniques I use to complete my designs in larger gauge wire only for Happily Hooked readers.

I greatly appreciated her thoughtful questions, she had definitely done her homework ahead of time as they were highly specific to my situation.

Her latest book, “Hook to Heal!,” is available through

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My work is also available for purchase on Saatchi Art: Deanna Gabiga

The Shop is Open!

Slowly I’ve been adding in the fun items I’ve been working on this summer in my studio into a shop on Saatchi Art.

Perfected the crochet pattern in this Water Drop created from 22 gauge wire on a Japanese 3/0 hook. Pulled out my jewelry tools and created a hand-stamped signature tag, too.


¬†Continuing to explore new dimensions in metals, I’ve been working with macro photography and printing the results on aluminum. Sapphire Magic Loop shows just one way in which I start the wire crocheted sculptures.


Love the look I am finding with the Black & White options. The clean, minimalist visuals show an order in otherwise complicated stitches. Tracks Noir, below, is 24″ x 30″


The next photograph, Wire Noir, is one of my favorites. It clearly shows the coils not normally seen in the yarn version of the bullion stitch. 40″ x 30″


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