Marian Crane

Marian Crane

Phoenix, AZ, United States

About Marian Crane

I create art under the name Marian Crane (go ahead, I'm immune to the inevitable jokes because I adore Hitchcock movies.) I write and blog under the names Crane Hana, M. Crane Hana, and M. C. Hana (but they're all me, really.)

I was born in northwestern New Mexico, and grew up surrounded by the spectacular landscapes, colors, and cultural blends of the American Southwest. My mixed-media paintings, fiber collages, wearable art, jewelry, and book art sculptures are inspired by my love of history, science, folk art, myth, and invention. I am fascinated with the human tendency to mix ornament and function. Since I’m a theatrical prop and artifact geek, too, I love making objects that appear as if they came out of a ‘real’ fantasy or science-fiction culture.


AA Technical Writing/Graphic Art from San Juan College, Farmington, NM.

Continuing workshop training and work/study self-guided programs in writing, fiber arts, bookbinding, jewelry design, and contemporary acrylic painting.


Twice a year, I make the 17 one-of-a-kind fiber art award ribbons for the Tempe Festival of the Arts, one for each category and a Best of Show. Each set of ribbons is inspired by that show's featured artist and their art, but rendered in a 16" x 4" canvas with cloth applique, embroidery, and beadwork...that's almost 163 ribbons, so far.

I spent nearly ten years as a production artist and assistant in a major art manufacturing studio in the Southwest. I've done animation cell restoration for a subcontractor of The Walt Disney Company. My first novel, a space opera romance, was published in 2012; my literary agent will probably be shopping around my first mainstream fantasy novel later this year.


1998 Embellishment Fiber Arts Conference, ‘Gleaming Treasures’ show, Best-of-Show for ‘Book of Hours, version 1’.

1999 Interweave Press, ‘Up:Close’ beaded miniature show which toured across the U.S., juried in two book projects: ‘Mom’s Mutant Cactus’ and ‘Pocket Garden’.

2002 Interweave Press, ‘The Beaded Cloth’, beaded tapestry show which toured the nation. My piece ‘Green Desert’ was chosen as art to advertise the show in crafts magazines, and was sold during the show for $5K.

2002 'Reversing Vandalism' show for the San Francisco Public Library, book art sculpture 'The Truth Remains'.

December 2004 ‘Hanging Garden’ tapestry featured in Bead & Button Magazine.

2005 A selection of my books was featured in the gallery section of the Quarry Press book called Fiber Art Journals, edited by Pam Sussman.

2005 My costume work ‘Green Beads for Blues Night’ was featured in the Bead & Button Magazine special publication BeadDreams2004, published in February 2005.

2008 My book art sculpture ‘Plateau Guardians’ included in Lark Books’ 500 Handmade Books.

Book art sculptures listed under 'Marian Crane' on; carried by the following university special collections libraries:

IUIPI Herron Art Library
Yale University, Art Library
University of Pittsburgh, Library Special Collections
University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections
Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections
University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library
University of Colorado, Special Collections
Ringling School of Design & Art
UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections
University of Tulsa Library
University of Nevada, Reno, Library
Baylor University, Special Collections