I know, I know I've already made 2 quilts from shirts -
remember my 'Dad's Memory' quilt (May-Sept 2012)
and my 'Even The Dog's Got Two' quilt made for my husband back in 2013?
but when I got the opportunity to attend Luke Haynes' Clothes To Quilts workshop at the Brooklyn Craft Company two weekends ago I grabbed it. I was interested to see his technique in action - who wouldn't be, have you ever seen his quilts?
December 2013 I saw several of Luke's quilts in the alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC. It was a last minute, "let's pop in here while we're at the Christmas Market" moment for me and Flicky, only had my phone with me and the pics aren't that good so I didn't share them but this seems like the right moment for that regardless.
Chuck Close inspired and architect trained, Luke creates his pieces mostly from thrift store clothing.
No, it's not a stretched photo, Luke plays with perspective when he creates his work and it's viewed differently from all angles.
and a closer look at the detail - sheets, jeans, metallic thread and more
Quite amazing - if you stand at the right angle Franklin sits right up on the corner of the bed!
So I headed over to Brooklyn Craft Company and took Luke's workshop. It was a great day and turns out we both use the exact same method for deconstructing shirts, I guess maybe there's not that many ways to do it?!!!
Now for a look at my work.
Early in the process...
...and completed - I totally forgot to take pics along the way, I was too engrossed in what I was creating!
The method of piecing was fun - I've done the same myself before but haven't pushed myself quite as many times when recutting and rejoining my already created piece.
Here's some close up detail
The red section is the label from inside the shirt back - I think it really adds something to an otherwise quite dull colourway - and, of course, the red draws your eye and grabs your attention.
My favourite bit is the pocket and button.
There's no way I'd have created this amount of movement and sewn such small pieces without continuing to reconstruct, cut and reconstruct, over and over.
The finished piece is a 32" square, I haven't decided what to do with it yet but maybe I'll include it as a panel in the back of another quilt I'm working on, we'll see.
One of Luke's pieces constructed using this method.
And this is Luke's Instagram pic from the workshop. Several of my quilty friends were there too: Chris (The Tattooed Quilter); Nellie (Mama Peaches); Tina (The Other Side Of The Pom) Maria and Chris.
If you want to find out more about Luke's work here's a link to his website and also his Facebook page - go check it out and be inspired and Bernina's We All Sew website has a great tute from Luke on how to deconstruct a shirt too.
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