There are some who think a quilt is something to be placed on a bed or sofa, to throw over a chair and to drag out when it gets cold to provide warmth. For others, the idea that what is providing comfort is also a piece of art is foreign. Fortunately, in the world of quilting, there are artists with many different styles of quilting that open up the opportunity to create something for every one to enjoy. They show that the possibilities of quilt art are almost infinite. The quilting community has been taking the art world by storm with artists that are creative, fun, provocative and even scandalous. These artists are taking art out of the bedrooms, off the sofas and putting it back where it can be seen in galleries and museums.
One of the quilt artists that takes all doubt out of quilting as an art form is LUKE!
LUKE Haynes creates scenes, images, portraits and environments out of fabric and thread. Drawing from a tradition of meditative American portraiture, with influences ranging from Chuck Close to Kehinde Wiley, Haynes depicts the images with which we find comfort, constructed within the traditional quilting process, layering found cloth pieces, inscribed by thread. With roots in the American South, and an architectural education at Cooper Union, his work lies within the juncture between form and function, art and craft, quilt tradition and contemporary design culture.
Quilting for 10 years, Haynes has completed almost 200 quilts, the largest to date reached 9×17 feet. His work has been showcased in exhibitions and installations in 15 states and 3 different countries. Haynes gives new life to the tactile American experience. His work is in the collections of the Newark Museum, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Private collection of the Norton Family, and in the lobby of Duke University to name a few. He is coming up on his 60th exhibition.
Haynes was born In Colorado, but grew up primarily in the American South, which was the generative source of his craft and culture. He has lived in 15 States and attended 14 schools creating a foundation of knowledge and human interactions that is ripe within his work. He currently splits his time between New York and Seattle.
Luke’s art is a interesting combination of traditional blocks with an abstract feel and raw edged applique images to create a visual buffet that appeals to both quilters and non quilters.
Recently, Luke designed this fantastic art piece for Mr. Aurifil himself! It is safely in the hands of Alex and is on permanent display at the Aurifil offices in Milan.
The back of this quilt is as stunning as the front showing Luke’s amazing attention to detail.
Other artworks of Luke include a favorite of the Aurifil office:
[Iconography #8] Material Girl
This piece is constructed from reclaimed Textiles.
“I took Clothes and sheets discarded from the people of NY and created this quilt.”
The quilt is an image of both Kanye and JAy-z. I used an Image by Troy Gua for the design.
Luke also creates other images with his quilting that show his wonderful sense of humor and love of good food!
To celebrate art quilting this giveaway is offering a special, one of a kind Aurifil Collection!
The collection is 12 large spools of the finest 50wt cotton thread in rich wonderful colors that would be the perfect addition to any sewing room.
Sorry for the delay, the computer is more in control of passwords than I am at times,lol!
Congratulations to the winner of the Aurifil Art Collection
I’m more a traditional quilter, I love the older styles but I would love to get into art quilt they just look so neat.