Fiber artist takes up residency at old town livery

Erika Lynne Hanson Photo by: Scottsdale Public Art

SCOTTSDALE — Erika Lynne Hanson has been an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textile Center and Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains Center. Now the textile artist is in the midst of a six-month Scottsdale Creates residency at the Noriega Stable Livery in Old Town Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Creates residency program is awarded by Scottsdale Public Art to promote interaction between artists and the community. Hanson, an assistant professor of fibers and socially engaged practices at Arizona State University, will focus on textiles and the landscape during her residency, offering workshops on crochet, stitching and creating natural dyes, along with discussions of community, art, collaboration and history.

Hanson’s free natural dyes workshops from 1–3 p.m. on Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 25, April 29 and May 6 will demonstrate how to use everything from wood and leaves to insects and coffee grounds in the creation of multi-hued dyes. She also will discuss what it means to work with colors that come directly from nature.

Additionally, for open-studio dates at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, April 19, April 26 and May 3, visitors to the Livery will be invited to create fabric collages and build flags featuring elements of the Arizona landscape. During these workshops, Hanson will lead a discussion about inspiring and underappreciated objects in the landscape. The workshops are connected to one of the artist’s larger projects that uses flags for outdoor installations.

Hanson is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator whose work is rooted in textile practices. She has a master of fine arts from California College of the Arts in Oakland, and her work has been exhibited at Field Projects in New York City and the Tucson Museum of Art, among other locations.

As part of Hanson’s residency, the Fiber Art Network of ASU will host free beginner crochet meet-ups from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6. These workshops are in conjunction with Choi + Shine Architects’ “ARIZONA!” project, a 650-foot-long, hand-crocheted lace ribbon that will debut during the November Canal Convergence interactive art event.

ASU graduate students also will host two POP-Up exhibitions at the Livery from 6–9 p.m. during the Scottsdale ArtWalk on March 29 and April 5.

In conjunction with Hanson’s residency, fiber artist Shannon Ludington will host drop-in embroidery sessions from 1–5 p.m. on Feb. 3, Feb. 23, March 27 and April 27 at the Livery. Participants in these free workshops will learn basic mark-making stitches while discussing the historical, social and cultural aspects of the role textiles play in the lives of women.

The Livery is named for Gerbacio “Harvey” Noriega, who owned the property around the stable for decades and was a member of one of the founding families of Scottsdale. The city owns the Noriega Livery Stable, located at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to make Scottsdale one of the most desirable communities in the country in which to live, work and visit by incorporating art and design projects throughout. In 1985, the City of Scottsdale established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal to enhance the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Since then more than 70 permanent and temporary public artworks have been commissioned throughout the community. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards.

Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 375,000 participants annually.