Luke Haynes: The 100th Quilt at Vermillion
It isn't too often that one is able to associate the art of quilting with the likes of rap stars Jay-Z and Kanye West. But such things are quite possible when talking about Luke Haynes, a local quilter whose latest show, "The 100th Quilt" is happening at Vermillion this month. The show features his latest quilt, "Rags to Riches," a 90 x 90-inch masterpiece constructed from reclaimed textiles and metallic thread. The quilt features a reproduction of "The Throne: Kanye + Jay Z," an image created by local artist Troy Gua, with the faces of Kanye and Jay superimposed upon one another. Also on display are a number of Haynes' other works, including portraits and work from his series, Man Stuff. "The 100th Quilt" is a reference to the completion of his 100th quilt, a point Haynes says he gained mastery of his craft.
Haynes stitched "Rags to Riches" while in residency in New York a few months ago. Made from denim, bed sheets and dress clothes, the piece contains one million stitches of black, silver and gold metallic thread, as counted by Haynes' sewing machine.
Haynes creates custom suit jackets to wear at each of his shows.
The quilts draw big crowds and plenty of questions from viewers. In April, Haynes has a solo show in New York.