A collection of quilted banners by Trumansburg artist Alice Gant will open in April at Felicia’s Hive 45. Cupcakes will be served during the opening reception, 5pm-6:30pm on April 13, in addition to Hive 45’s beer, wine, cocktails, and regular dinner menu.
Alice Gant uses a technique of her own design called “neo-reverse applique.” After preliminary sketches, she draws plans for the banner on a full sheet of black fabric with white chalk, and then cuts away the shapes to reveal patterned pieces of fabric which she has inserted underneath. She also appliques and paints on the top layers of the fabric. Although the pieces are certainly fiber art, they also recall stained glass windows, because of the black lines left behind when cutting away the fabric. Because they are narrative and pictorial, they inhabit a world apart from traditional quilt craft practices. Most pieces take many months to complete.
Along with commissions and smaller works, Gant is working on a long-term project to make banners about influential and interesting individuals, memorializing them in the Hero Banners. Among the heroes that have already been memorialized are St. Herman of Alaska, Mother Goose, Nathaniel Pitt Langford, and Queen Catharine of the Seneca.
The artist lives in Trumansburg, New York with her husband, a parakeet and a lovely garden with birds and squirrels. Her studio is a bright yellow sunny room upstairs in her home, where she works on a vintage and durable Singer sewing machine. She has thousands of fabric swatches and an encyclopedic memory for pattern, so that she can find the perfect pieces for her artwork.
She has been a printmaker, art teacher, mother and sculptor. She grew up in Minnesota and has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, and Anchorage, Alaska.
Photos of artwork are attached. Additional photos of Gant's work can be found at www.gantbanners.com
For more information on art shows at Felicia’s Hive 45, contact email@example.com or call 607.209.4229.
For more information about the artist, her classes, or to commission a banner, please contact Alice Gant at firstname.lastname@example.org