Luke Haynes, is a very interesting artist. He has been quilting for the past 13 years, 7 of which is full time. His quilts are not only a decorative and useful object, but as a piece of art that could be displayed at the same time. He is the living proof that the lines between arts and crafts are blurred and that a simple household item can too, be a piece of art. Haynes says that he loves the fact that form and function could co-exist and be interchangeable. Haynes studied architecture because he enjoys making things with his hands, he discovered the art of quilting by coincidence. His works are displayed in many galleries and he accepts commissions when he can.
I got to contact Luke Haynes because I’m a huge fan of his work. We talked about his quilting adventure and his artistic pursuits. All pictures were used with the artist’s permission.
How Did this all Start out?
Haynes says that he does encounter prejudices on a day to day basis, and most shops that provide quilting materials do not assume that he quilts, so don’t help him that much when he goes fabric shopping. They just assume he’s a boyfriend or husband.
On average, it takes Haynes 1 to 4 weeks to finish a quilt. He spends about 10 to 15 hours depending on the project. He indicates that his work ethic comes from studying architecture, where you spend hours in a studio.