About the artist
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, the artist has a long-term project to make banners about influential and interesting individuals, some who perhaps deserve to be known better. The artist sings their praises, and memorializes 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.
The artist is always busy with new work for shows and for private commissions. She also teaches workshops occasionally to adults.
For information on upcoming shows, classes or to commission a banner, please contact the artist at
gantalice (at) gmail.com