Textile, Print, and Adventures in Mapping at the Loveland Museum Gallery

A little over 30 years ago, I feel in love with Printmaking while working on my BFA degree at Colorado State University. There was just something about the combination of drawing with a needle on an etching plate – almost “plate sculpting” – and the graphic quality of the finished image, not to mention the […]

The story behind City Lines

“City Lines”, 29 x 36 inches, Dye Drawing (cotton fabric, dye, stitching, batting) gallery wrapped over canvas stretcher frame, © Ayn Hanna

My first home in New York City was a shared loft space on the north side of the Williamsburg bridge. I rode the subway into the city and back each day for […]

Visual Vocabulary: Melding Drawing & Writing

What are your favorite ways of communicating your creative ideas? Some creatives have a strong preference for communicating via either visual or written means, feeling they convey their thoughts more clearly through one method or the other. I’ve always loved both drawing and writing and have integrated both in my creative work.

“Creative Writer”, […]

Drawing Inspiration – A Self Portrait Evolution

An Artist Book from year’s Past

I was reminded today of this artist book that I made several years ago. The image below is on my Flickr photo stream and a wonderful fan just added it to her favorites list this morning, which “ping-ed” me and led me to look at this again.

"Self […]

A place you’ve got to see to believe

There are many beautiful mountain towns in Colorado, and then there’s Telluride, CO. Perched at 8750 feet above sea level in a box canyon with mountains all around, Telluride has to be one of the most beautiful (and cleanest) places on earth. Spending a week there, teaching an art cloth workshop was heavenly. Words […]

Virtual Tour of my Taft Canyon Art Studio

Thanks to my brother Paul, here is a video virtual tour of my studio as it was set up for the Fort Collins Studio Tour in June:

In the part of the studio where my long arm quilting machine lives, I hung several newly completed textile paintings, including several small kitschy cowgirl pieces on […]

5 Easy Tips for Exploring Fabric Surface Design Techniques

"tribal" art cloth ©2011 Ayn Hanna, hand-dyed cotton fabric with silkscreen print

Early last month I got to attend Judith Traeger’s “Exploring the Surface” workshop which was a program offered through my local Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters’ Guild. Judith is a very well-known, internationally exhibited quilt artist and teacher, and one of the group […]

Why I love Printmaking

Tunnel ©1990 Ayn Hanna, 9"x7", linocut

Some of my etchings and woodcuts will be on view at “Proof No. 1: The Art Lab Printmaking Experience BIG SHOW” at ART Lab in downtown Fort Collins, opening this Friday, Sept 17. The show of local contemporary printmakers’ work will be open Sept 17/18 and 24/25 and […]

Are You Ready for Some Football (and ART)?

"Mixed Salad" (c) 2007 Ayn Hanna, 11.5"x11.5" Textile painting (cotton fabric, cotton batting, cotton threads)

September. Fall. One of my favorite times of the year.

The smell of hatch’s green chilis roasting at the farmers’ markets, crisp morning air, Baseball playoffs just around the corner, FOOTBALL season starting, and lots of ART going on!

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My Etchings in Proof No.1 Printmaking Show at Art Lab Fort Collins

Williamsburg Bridge (c) 1993 Ayn Hanna (15 3/4" x 11 3/4") Soft Ground Etching

The image above is one of 8 of my prints (etchings, a woodcut, and a collograph print) that are included in the Proof No. 1 Preview Show at Art Lab Fort Collins, on view now through end of the month […]