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Sandra Hanson is inspired by the monumental and loves working with the built environment. Armed only with a decisive eye and skills for sketching and crafting things with her hands, Hanson chose a career as a graphic designer.
Hanson’s work originated in 2D and print in the pre-computer era. With a history designing public relations materials for clients such as Weyerhaeuser Canada, and annual reports, brochures, promotional print, packaging, ID and corporate collateral for the business environment. Hanson was fortunate to be asked to design Bill and Melinda Gate’s Seattle wedding reception invitation and event package for Northwest event designers In Any Event.
In 2000, while maintaining her practice, Hanson returned to University to study visual art at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University (SFU), School for the Contemporary Arts. The University’s degree programming encourages interdisciplinary practice. Hanson’s work transformed from image-making to working with the built environment, immersing her work into installation, film and new media. Hanson attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design to study digital storytelling, working with humble technologies to compliment the visual with audio content. Upon finishing University Sandra Hanson returned to graphic design with a renewed focus to offer environmental and online media to her typographic and image-centric print practice.
Sandra Hanson works with non-profit and corporate, retail and arts organizations with a focus on branding communications. Her work is thoughtful - always with the user experience in mind. Hanson’s work in EGD has included large scale custom wall coverings, sign programs and interpretive signage.
Sandra Hanson is a new member of SEGD, an association that shares her passion for design in public spaces and its positive influence on community. Hanson attended several Vancouver Chapter events prior to joining in 2016, and was thrilled to attend Seattle’s Experience Conference as a member. The people, activities, speakers and tours offered in Seattle were inspiring.
Sandra Hanson served on the North Vancouver Public Art Advisory Committee. An activity she passionately enjoyed, Hanson held the executive for 4 years, the last year as Chair. She has served other community organizations committed to civic place-making initiatives, such as the North Vancouver Urban Forum. The NVUF engaged city council in matters of local land use and advocacy.
Sandra Hanson’s art work has been collected by private and public collections including the Simon Fraser University Gallery. Hanson was honored to be included in a group exhibition “The Geometry of Knowing” in SFU’s Audain Gallery in 2015. Hanson volunteers with local community projects dedicated to Salmon habitat protection and restoration. She volunteers her time on community environmental art projects initiating classes of elementary and high school students with computer skills and mural painting and now has her scissor-lift operator ticket. Hanson has been a guest lecturer at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Hanson volunteers at community markets and generally getting dirty during growing season at Loutet Farm.