If you haven't heard, Luke Haynes is coming to Portland this weekend to teach at Modern Domesticand to attend the PMQG meeting on Thursday (squee!) I have long been a fan of his work and was thrilled when he said he'd fill me in on a few things before he came to town. The guy has mad talent and a reputation for being one of the kindest folks you'll ever meet, plus he's a man who quilts--what's not to love?!
On my bed #3 2010
People can often recognize your work on sight as a 'Luke Haynes' quilt. What do you think defines it as oh-so-you?
Well, most of them have pictures of me on them, and who else in their right mind would do that?!
Plus I faked quilting for so many years that I have a bit of "folk art" to it. meaning that there is not so much base in tradition that I work from.
What makes this whole quilting thing important to you? to the world? In other words, why do you do it?
It's important to examine the objects and traditions that we take for granted. I am working on understanding the concepts and the process behind making quilts and behind the culture of objects.
So what makes a guy start quilting people onto quilts? Or is that even how it started?
My first quilt was just an experiment. I was 'painting' with fabric. From there I continued to innovate method and image. and here I am today.
What's the tool or technique you swear you would die if you couldn't use it anymore?
If there were no more rotary blades I would be lost. I can't imagine using scissors to cut strips!
Your work has been on display all over the country; where can I see it now? Next month?
Because I am doing it for fun. I don't teach but maybe once a year and I have a lot to share. Plus it will be a blast! We will get some projects made and learn some new methods and ideas. PLUS Pok Pok is a few blocks away!