Happenings @729Studios in Hawai’i

A great time of year to be back creating artwork in my Honolulu studio space.  Received the wonderful news my proposal for Contact 2018 (Contact Zone) has been accepted so I have been madly working to bring my vision into fruition. [wpvideo uHLy7OXe ] These are photos of the last days in my larger, light filled studio space. We are having big changes happening to 729 Studios in Kaka'ako, I know they are a good idea for the long term but I will miss the bright daylight I am losing by my move to a different space within the studios. My lovely studio space is changing into a gorgeous gallery space and I'm looking forward to seeing artwork from various artists activating the space. Despite my cranky, jet-lagged mood, my friend Chloe @chloetomomi has been keeping me company and making me laugh in studio as she continues to improve her watercolor and acrylic painting skills. Follow her on Instagram and check out her newly created website: www.chloetomomi.com In the new smaller studio space I am framing my Endangered Oceans ghost net fiber project for the Punahou Carnival Art Show fundraiser which is coming up the first weekend in February. Also, sketching octopus for both my upcoming cookbook and an art book idea for display in England for World Art Book Day, March 1st. Oh, and sending out a few more proposal ideas...wish me luck!

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.

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…

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  

Interviewed!!

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. [caption id="attachment_74695" align="aligncenter" width="709"] Image from StudioDeanna/KVercillo/HappilyHooked[/caption] 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 Amazon.com For more of my day to day art adventures follow me on Instagram: Studio Deanna My work is also available for purchase on Saatchi Art: Deanna Gabiga

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