Luke Haynes

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As excited as I am about the crowdfunding campaign, I am equally excited for today’s guest.

Luke Haynes is a quilter and fabric artist whose work is informed by a background in architecture and design. Luke’s innovative approach to the medium has landed his quilts in museums and shows across the country. His work is currently in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum and the Headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but his success isn’t without hard work and sacrifice.

Today, Luke shares how he got his start on a llama ranch in central Oregon, how he managed to get his personal quilt into the Brooklyn Museum, and how he strikes a work-life balance amongst all of his projects.


In This Episode, You’ll Learn…

  • How Luke stumbled upon quilting from a background in fine arts and architecture.
  • How Luke managed to get the quilt on his own bed into the Brooklyn Museum.
  • The importance of defining your priorities and pursuing them.
  • How working on a llama ranch in central Oregon enabled Luke to pursue his art full-time.
  • Why it’s important to distinguish between wanting and needing to be an artist.
  • The importance of reaching out to your community for help.
  • Why Luke continues to barter and trade, despite his success.
  • The importance of making yourself accessible online and offline.
  • How Luke balances business and artistic practice.
  • The tools and techniques Luke uses to stay productive.
  • Why it’s important to define your workspace.
  • Luke’s advice for artists who struggle with work/life balance.

Links and Resources

Luke Haynes

My Trello Task List for This Episode


Before You Go

What tools do you use to stay productive? Do you have any tips on work-life balance? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Image: Luke Haynes

  • Heidi Parkes

    This is exactly the conversation I wanted to have with Luke. Thank you for sharing your experience of starting out, and the way you balance marketing with making.

    • Philip Graulty

      Hello Heidi, I’m so glad this episode answered some of the questions you had for Luke. Are there other artists you’d like to be featured on the show? Let me know and I’ll try my best to make it happen!

      • Heidi Parkes

        Oh yes! (I only just discover your podcast because of Luke, so I’m excited to listen to the other interviews.) I’d LOVE to hear from Pauline Boyd of Counterpane, Marlee Grace of Have Company, Dee Clements of Herron Clothier, Maura Grace Ambrose of Folk Fibers, Mark Bradford, Jim Hodges, and Ragnar Kjartansson. Thanks for asking, how exciting!!!!

        • Philip Graulty

          Wow, that’s quite the list! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m familiar with a few of those names, but most of them are new to me. Looks like I have some homework to do. :)

          • Heidi Parkes

            Oh awesome!! Yes, all but the last 3 have my favorite Instagram feeds, and are wonderful textile artists. Thanks for taking the time to look them up!

          • Philip Graulty

            Thanks for sharing!

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