May 27, 2020

Lisa Takata Story and Interview

Artist Featured at Spring 2018 Canal Convergence

Lisa Takata with a sheep.
Photo: Courtesy Lisa Takata

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is Scottsdale Public Art’s featured public art event. This 10-day, immersive public art experience features light-based artworks, artist workshops, and performances. 

In 2018, we had two Canal Convergence events while we transitioned from spring to fall. During the spring there was a spoken-word performance where creators throughout the Valley shared stories of their life; among them was Lisa Takata. KJZZ captured her story in the Sound Bite Truck, a mobile recording studio and Short Leash Hotdogs truck, at Canal Convergence. 

Lisa Takata is a Phoenix-based fiber artist. She uses wool collected by Navajo sheepherding families to make yarn, handmade clothing, and accessories. Lisa is a volunteer guide at the Heard Museum and an active member of the Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild. Storytelling and listening to the stories of others has given Lisa insights into the many cultures that merge here in the southwest—stories that we never learned in school. The wool buy Lisa mentions in the interview is cancelled this summer, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please keep those sheepherding families in your thoughts. 

Yarn made by Lisa Takata using wool collected by a Navajo shepherding family.
Photo: Courtesy Lisa Takata

Lisa also was a crochet volunteer for one of our featured art installations in the Fall 2018 Canal Convergence, where she hand-crocheted a portion of the project. With the help of over 200 volunteers, artists Jin Choi and Thomas Shine of Choi + Shine Architects created ARIZONA!, a 600-foot-long, hand-crocheted sculpture that weaved in and out of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. 

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