Camberwell Arts open studio

If you are free over the weekend of 16/17th June please visit the Camberwell Arts open studio that one of our members is a part of.

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Luke Haynes | “Quilt; as quilt, as art”

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Luke Haynes visited the LMQG at our habitual meeting place the Star Tavern, Belgravia, on 12th on the October 2014. He brought with him stories, perspectives, bales of ideas that would shame the even his “Goodwill” fabric hunting grounds, and of course quilts. As quilts. And quilts as quilts, as art.
IMG_4878Luke loved Purple. Purple was made for him by his mother and was perhaps the beginning other visual and creative interests. One theory has it that he has been remaking Purple all his life. If that is the case, he has done the most challenging of all creative things. He has allowed his creations to change his outlook, he has engaged in what they mean to others. In his words, he “has a conversation about it”.
luke haynes quilt backLuke trained in art and architecture and at the same time, pursued what was at once a distraction and an alternative, photography. These threads came together in quilting.

At an early exhibition Luke found himself to be the subject of an unexpected celebration;

“I LOVE how you don’t care if it is straight!”

He does not bind by hand, he uses the visibility of the seams as part of the framing of the quilt. He does use acid free glue.  He does not do that which he doesn’t want to do. All very affirmative for a room full of modern quilters!
luke haynes close upOther than steering clear of knitted fabric (there is a limit to the contemporary edge that even Luke can construct out of some material), Luke will try fabrics together that seem unlikely neighbours, shirting with synthetic fur, cotton labels with wool suiting, vinyl with denim….He sorts his Goodwill, by the kilo, purchases by colour. He doesn’t dye fabrics, he reconstructs them as they are. His editing is based on whether he would like to wear it. If yes, it is spared the rotary cutter. Until the next wardrobe cull. If not, curtains. And they might well be.
IMG_4890Luke’s work is a synthesis of different perspectives. Log cabins are suggested, and the lines deconstructed, the blocks don’t match the frames, they echo them. They stimulate inquiry, they disturb familiarity.
luke haynes cupcakePhotographs are photoshopped and reimaged in fabric, into portrait quilts. The fellowship of quilting’s heritage realised anew. The reverse of the quilt holds the negative image that the electronic photographs never had, picked out in a contrasting bobbin colour. Joe Cunningham’s signature “drawing with bias tape” has the same stature and space on the quilt as Joe’s image. The work of the long arm quilting machine becomes the earliest of craft methods, ink sketched onto a background.

In another portrait quilt, Whistler’s Mother becomes “a big bearded goofy guy” and as with Mrs Whistler, the physical map of a journey through life, patent on the face, present in the textures of the portrait quilt. Ambiguity brings questions. Is he care worn and tired a contemporary Whistler whose digital bubble has burst? Has he simply had a heavy meal and a night of video games?
IMG_4886Are we looking at the weight of the world or the passing effects of self indulgence? We are stimulated to ask the question, provoked to debate the response. Isn’t that what art does? And speaking history, across generations, in fabric, the maker evident in their sewing, isn’t that what quilting has done?
luke haynes longarm quiltingThe accessibility of Luke’s portrait quilts makes them the “pictures on a blanket” of the cautious Seattle art gallery visitors he told us about. They are objects for use, they are personal, they are public. They are quilts, as quilts. They are quilts; as quilts, as art.

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The London Modern Quilt Guild is so pleased to announce that the AMAZING

Luke Haynes will be in town from the States on October 14th to share some of his work and chat about his process.

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Luke studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and considers his fabric art to be an architectural method of images creation. He is currently living in Los Angles, California and you will need both hands and a foot to count the number of States he has lived in.

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If you are interested in meeting Luke and are not a member of the LMQG please email the guild at londonmqg@gmail.com

Fat Quarterly retreat

A number of our members spent an enjoyable weekend at the recent Fat Quarterly Retreat, held in London and attended by quilters from the UK, Europe and beyond.  As well as the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old friends there were some great classes which have inspired our creative passions since the weekend ended.  Lucie prefers hand work to machine sewing which stood her in good stead at her first class when a power cut stopped everyone but her in their tracks and she was able to continue with this petal block.

petal blockShe has given the machine another go and made this top, although in this blog post she explains why she isn’t converted.

adventures in machine piecingCara has her lovely lampshade finished and in situ and also made a pouch from the paper piecing she did in Tacha’s class.

lampshadepatchwork purseAmanda has finished her quilt top from Amy’s class and also done more screen printing.

amanda's quiltprintingClaire is working on some hand quilting after taking a great class with Jen Kingwell.

claire's hand qultingShevvy has also been trying out a bit more screen printing and also played with scraps kindly donated by Karen Lewis of BlueberryPark.

shevvyEveryone agreed it was a hugely enjoyable event and looking forward to the next one.

many thanks to Shevvy for this post.