While men make up only a small part of the quilting world their impact and contributions to the art of quilting have been substantial. Some, like Joe Cunningham, Kaffe Fassett, and Ricky Tims have become household names, and there are many emerging, innovative young male quiltmakers using a wide variety of fabric and non-fabric materials to create works which address political and social issues often with great humor and ingenuity. Come hear our panel of four Pacific Northwest quilters—Geoff Hamada, Scott Hansen, David Owen Hastings, and Matt Macomber—as they discuss their work, quilting backstories, and the current state of the art. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
Co-Presented by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum (PNWQFAM) at 703 North 2nd Street in LaConner, Wash. Members of PNWQFAM can receive free entry into the Modern Quilts exhibition and this panel discussion by presenting their current membership card at the front admission desks at the Lightcatcher building and Old City Hall. Whatcom Museum members can receive free entry into PNWQFAM between June 1 – August 25 by showing their current membership card to the admissions desk.
About the Moderator: Geoff Hamada
Geoff Hamada has been sewing since his teen years and began quilting in the late 1980’s. In the 1990s, he served as Chair of Panel-making for the Seattle Chapter of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, working with a dedicated group of quilters to assist grieving families in the making of memorial panels for what has become the world’s largest community work of art. In 2008, he discovered the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (now the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum) and served on its Board from 2010–2014, the last two years as Board President. In 2012 and 2018, he co-curated exhibits (MATERIAL MEN 1 & 2) for the Museum, showcasing a wide variety of quilts made by men from the US, Holland, and Japan. He regularly speaks to quilt groups about the long (and often surprising) history of men in quilting.
About the Panelists: Scott Hansen, Matt Macomber, and David Owen Hastings
Matt Macomber is an award-winning modern quilter living in Seattle. He began quilting in 2014 with a simple gray and white chevron quilt made from half-square triangles. He currently works in a range of styles from original modern designs to designs based on vintage and antique quilts. Matt’s quilts have been exhibited in local and national quilt shows, quilt museums, and included in magazines. Matt is the current president of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.
Scott Hansen is the self-proclaimed Mad Color Scientist behind the wheel at Blue Nickel Studios. He designed his first quilt in 1978. Years later, after collecting a few vintage quilts, Scott picked up the quilting bug again and has been playing with fiber and color ever since. He has had many quilt patterns published in numerous quilt magazines since 2008. He started his blog www.bluenickelstudios.com in 2006 and has been self-publishing patterns since 2012. Scott has recently started designing modern batiks for Banyan Batiks. His first line is called “Tie One On” which is loosely based on mid-century necktie designs.
David Owen Hastings
David Owen Hastings is a graphic designer, fine artist, and quilter. In his artwork he creates organic abstractions inspired by nature and the elements, working primarily with monotype print and collage techniques. He has been stitching his paper-based artwork for more than 20 years now. In the past couple of years, David has become entranced by the world of quilting: both modern quilting and art quilts.