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Luke Haynes: Prolific Quilter

            Everything seems to come full circle in life and even more so in the world of art.  16 years ago I was living in New York and caught the tail end of a show on TV that was talking about a building, I missed where, with these beautiful squares inside it, the light accentuated the structures and the entire interior was meant to be viewed at various times of the day.  I logged that image into my long-term memory in the hopes of one day finding out where it was and what it was; well now I know.  It was Donald Judd’s Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum at Marfa, Texas. 

Cut to the present day and a new studio visit with a quilter it took a minute for me to connect the dots and to realize the boxes I saw on a tiny television screen all those years ago were now manifesting in the designs of Luke Haynes, a quilter based here in Los Angeles at the Brewery Art Colony. Haynes has a background in architecture as well as art and is currently creating a 50 quilt solo exhibition, which is taking themes from Donald Judd’s work with the Milled Aluminum installation. “I am working on 50 iterations within constraints similar to that project but in my case, it’s within the vernacular of quilting.”  Said Haynes.

Haynes’ work ethic also adds to his prolific nature of creating with stacks of sheets lining his studio wall prepped and ready for use in his latest creations.  Originating from North Carolina, Haynes has created a world unto himself that combines the aesthetic eye of an architect with the warmth of textiles that culminates into clean lines and picture perfect manifestations of custom creations.  “I made my first quilts to see if I could create images within the material constraints of 'quilt', so I was always interested in the figural and painterly qualities of the medium.” Said Haynes. 

In addition, to the process, Haynes is also fascinated with ‘form vs. function’ in the world of quilting.  “I love the idea that materials of construction inform the ornamentation of a product. I think the function should be strongly implicit in the form. That way the eye of the maker and the history of utility and experience are incorporated into each choice.” Said Haynes. 

This February 18th quilters will gather for Quiltcon West ‘the largest modern quilting show of it’s kind’ in Pasadena, California where Haynes will be providing a shuttle to his exhibition at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.  The show titled "The Log cabins of Donald Judd" with showcase 50 quilts 90 inches square with “different variations with the same language, all red centers with white and black fabric.” Said Haynes.  VIP tickets are available for the Opening Reception from 4-6pm HERE, which includes a swag bag. Regular admission is free starting at 6 pm going until 10 pm at 112 e 22nd st #10 Los Angeles CA 90731.

To learn more about Luke Haynes and his articulate creations or to commission him to create a work for your home you can find him at the following sites.
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The sewing machine is not just a tool for Haynes it is part of him that manifests his vision into a tangible object.  Photo © Aimee Santos

One of two sewing machines in the studio of Luke Haynes a quilter in Los Angeles based at the Brewery Art Colony.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Used sheets become part of the quilts Haynes creates but you wouldn't know it from the finished product.  Photo © Aimee Santos

It's all about the details with Luke Haynes even down to finding a vendor to sell him the kind of stickers that go on sunglasses to promote his brand.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Haynes works on a commission piece in his studio at the Los Angeles Art Colony The Brewery.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Holding one of his finished creations, Haynes poses for a portrait on The Brewery grounds that covers a large portion of East Los Angeles next to the 5 freeway in Los Angeles, CA.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Fabric is everywhere in Haynes' studio.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Luke Haynes tests a theory of presentation with one of his 'Log Cabins of Donald Judd' quilts in Elysian Park in Los Angeles, CA.  Photo © Aimee Santos

A large cutting board helps protect Haynes' table and provides guides if needed for measurements.  Photo © Aimee Santos

A bird's eye view of Haynes in the process of creation is fascinating.  Photo © Aimee Santos

The creation of a commission piece involved a portrait of this couple that included the fabric of the shirt she wore on their first date and would later include his tie.  Photos © Aimee Santos

Down to the tiniest shade, Haynes utilizes computer software to sketch out the initial portrait and later prints out a template to refine the finished piece.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Haynes rips apart pieces of reclaimed sheets in front of a collaborative piece with another artist.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Haynes applies each piece of fabric in the process of making a portrait quilt for a client.  Photo © Aimee Santos

A detail of fabric from Haynes studio. Photo © Aimee Santos

Every step takes time but taking the time makes it right.  Haynes looks over the template of the image he is translating into fabric before proceeding on to the next step.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Fabric is everywhere in boxes and stacked up on shelves.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Haynes cuts intricately cut pieces of cloth to complete a commission for a client.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Up in the second floor of Haynes' studio is a Long Arm Sewing Machine he not only uses to complete his creations but also rents out to other quilters in need of a larger machine.  Photo © Aimee Santos

An artist has to think of their health, Haynes created a make shift stand so he didn't have to lean over his machine for hours at a time.  Photo © Aimee Santos

Not always allowed in his studio Haynes' cat 'Grandpa' likes to visit and sleep on various completed pieces as well as scraps.  Photo © Aimee Santos