Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 Judges' Choice Winner

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1994 Judges' Choice Winner
Contributor Names
Gant, Alice (Creator)
Created / Published
Anchorage, Alaska, Winter, 1993 - Spring, 1994
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  income
-  applique quilts
-  machine quilting
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  pictorial quilts
-  banner quilts
-  wool quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Alaska -- Anchorage
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 60" x 60"
-  If your quilt is based on a traditional pattern or an earlier quilt, what is the name of the pattern? "There is nothing traditional about my banners except a love of color and pattern and the inordinate amount of time it takes to produce a finished piece."
-  "I don't make quilts. This banner isn't quilted. Sometimes judges let my work into quilt shows because they like the humor or artistry -- but it really isn't a quilt." / "I draw on black cloth with chalk, sew through to colors that are placed beneath the black and cut away the black."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I use mostly chintzes and upholstery fabrics -- anything that can be machine stitched. I have boxes of cold fabric in my unheated garage. Perfectly perfect strangers send me fabric they think would fit in my quilts. Isn't that amazing! Sometimes the ugliest cloth is super for birch bark on stones."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "I started to enjoy Russian folk art when I moved to Alaska and wanted to make a still life about the big Tula samovar that was in my dining room. That grew into a show of 15 or so banners based on Russian themes. Fairy tales, heroes, legends, Firebirds, Bogatyrs, saints and dragons -- really just a lot of giant illustrations in fabric."
-  What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "I usually do solo shows -- I think this was my 1st competition. I enter competitions now only if I know non-traditional quilts are acceptable. Actually, I am 1 of 12 quilters who meet once a month to help and criticize each others work. The members of Art Quilt Network North told me not to enter this contest -- so I did! Usually they are right about things esthetic, however."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "I used to make regular quilted quilts for beds. . . I started that about 26 years ago. I came to this reverse applique style because I wanted the look of hand drawn lines. I taught myself. I used to be a printmaker -- the layering of reverse applique is similar to multicolored block printmaking -- there is a certain amount of 'plan ahead' involved."
-  Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "I love to get letters from people I donÆt know. Anytime photos of banners appear some new interesting correspondence occurs. My work as an artist happens after my whole day as a teacher, I'm trying hard not to imitate myself."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8993 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
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Gant, Alice. Judges' Choice Winner. Alaska Anchorage United States, 1994. Anchorage, Alaska, Winter, - Spring, 1994. Photograph.

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