We hope you’re enjoying our 2013 Reflections + Predictions Series! This is the third year we’ve asked sewists who’ve inspired us to look back on the year and share personal high points, as well as forecast trends they see down the track in 2014. To help us select our interviewees we asked our Facebook and Instagram followers:
Which quilters, sewists, bloggers and authors rocked 2013? Who inspired and instructed, blazed new trails or reached new heights? Who changed the way you think about sewing, quilting or making in general? If you could pick a sewing industry person of the year, who would it be?
We selected 10 Sewists who we felt not only reached new personal highs, but also changed the way we think about sewing, quilting, writing and teaching. They did great things for their own careers, but they also impacted the industry, and for that we’re very thankful.
Why we chose Luke:
- 2013 was a great year for blurred lines. There was an appreciable difference in the way people blended modern and traditional quilting and refused to align themselves with one label or the other (or even sewing vs. quilting). We also noticed a shift away from distinguishing between “art quilts” and other quilts. Although Luke is clearly an exceptional fine artist whose quilts are shown in galleries, the familiar elements allow us to imagine his work crossing over into the practical, inspiring us to take greater risks with the quilts we make for our homes and families.
- Luke was out and about all year, visiting Modern Quilt Guilds and attending shows, talking, demonstrating and making friends and fans.
- His tutorials for We All Sew, inluding the amazing Deer Quilt Sew-Along, a project we love because it teaches you some of his techniques!
- As my friend, Mo Bedell, once said to me, “Who doesn’t love a guy who long-arms his pants?”
SMS: Looking back on 2013, what trends stand out?
LH: We are starting to see a shift from over regular quilting into a bit of crazy quilting influenced piecing. An example is Victoria Findlay Wolf’s piece that won QuiltCon.
Was there a personal or an industry high point?
See above: Victoria’s piece. I think we will see a lot of changes in the way we are using fabric scraps.
[The American Context #14] Madam X by Luke Haynes
What did you make that you’re most proud of?
I made a piece that is going into the collection of the Folk Art Museum.
It is designed to be viewed from a particular perspective, that reflects the object of the piece. Quilts that fall under the “quilt art” category are often dealt with like paintings, and I wanted to make sure that the object quality of it came through. The way I went about doing that was to make the viewer have to stand in a spot not directly in front of the piece to view the image. so it can only be visually resolved by walking to the side, which makes it more like a sculpture than a flat image.
“Luke Haynes in His American Context” by Joe Cunningham
Whose work inspired or awed you?
I always LOVE Joe Cunningham’s work. (SMS Note: The quilt above was created by Joe Cunningham and features Luke!)
What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
I love being able to share my ideas and projects with people who are interested. I also love having access to information on others successes.
What do you predict for 2014?
I see a growing trend towards a lot of new things. It’s hard to specify for a year.
I see quilts growing into a much higher crossover with the “art” world. We will see better and better rendered images, and better and better use of color and detail. We have already seen a backlash towards the traditional, where people want to “just make something awesome” without all the rules and judgement.
I see bridging the age gap a bit by incorporating different materials and bringing in current fashion trends.
Who do you think will be a rising star of 2014?
[The American Context #16] Christina’s World by Luke Haynes
Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2014? Any projects or life-changing goals you can share?
I plan to have lots of shows (as usual) but this time I am focusing on the interior design and exhibition based venues so I can learn more about creating environments. I have a few large scale pieces in the works so you will see more of my quilts coming out of the studio.
I am also doing a lot of high profile commissions this year, so you will start to see more of my work being displayed in events and for fun clients.
We’d love to hear from you! Please answer any or all of our questions on your own blog and share the link to your reflections and predictions in the comments on any of the series posts. We love seeing photo collages of your sewing this year and we enjoy clicking into your site to learn about what you’re looking forward to in 2014! Here are the questions we sent the Sewists of the Year:
- Looking back on 2013, what trends stand out?
- Was there a personal or an industry high point?
- What did you make that you’re most proud of?
- Whose work inspired or awed you?
- What was your favorite fabric collection or print?
- Do you have a book, pattern or class from the past year to recommend?
- What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
- What do you predict for 2014? (It could be related to style, social media, manufacturing, etc.)
- Who do you think will be a rising star of 2014?
- Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2014? Any projects or life-changing goals you can share?
- Is there anything else about the sewing industry or community that you’d like to talk about? (It could be good or bad, but hopefully constructive.)