After years of producing art in idyllic Asheville, NC, textiles artist Sally Garner decided to further her creative goals and pursue an M.F.A. degree at Georgia State. The 2nd year candidate shares her thoughts about the move to Atlanta, the program and faculty, as well as her take on textiles within the contemporary art world.
Sally C. Garner is a native of the Southeast. Having grown up in North Carolina, she received her B.F.A. in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2013 and is currently seeking her M.F.A. in textiles at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Sally has spent her first two years of graduate school experimenting in fiber and textile techniques that were previously unavailable to her — weaving and basket weaving, wet-felting, knitting via machine, fabric dyeing and advanced sewing practices. While trying to engage the viewers in conversations about nostalgia, collective memories and perceptions of time, Sally engages with her own technical processes through material and form explorations and attempts to bridge the gap between traditional and non-traditional and geometric and organic interwoven forms. Recently, her work has been published in the magazine Fiber Art Now and received their Award for Excellence. She was also awarded an Outstanding Student Award from Surface Design Association and received the Ernest G. Welch Fellowship at Georgia State University. Another noteworthy achievement includes winning the Florence Regional Arts Alliance Solo Exhibition Award during ArtFields 2015.