‘Fab Four’ a hit with art quilt fans

Hand-dyed fabrics and a fusing method are what Fay Timmerman-Traudt of Grand Junction chose to make “Desert Blooms,” 19 inches by 15 inches. It also is published in “500 Art Quilts.”

“Flying Saucers,” by Sandra Hoefner of Grand Junction, is one of two creations by her that appear in “500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work” (Lark Books). It measures 68 inches by 47 inches.

Jan Rickman of Whitewater submitted “The Harvest” for inclusion in “500 Art Quilts.” Its size is 26 inches by 37 3/4 inches. Rickman hand-dyes her fabrics and uses a thread painting technique.

“Color Wheel: Stereotypes,” 50 inches by 42 inches, is one of three quilts by Deborah K. Snider of Grand Junction that are featured in “500 Art Quilts.” She embellished her raw-edged applique with beads.

No doubt most everyone has heard of the famous “Fab Four,” as the Beatles were known around the globe in the 1960s.

Today, a new “Fab (as in fabric) Four” are gaining fame.

Rather than follow the notoriety of John, Paul, George and Ringo, we can now catch up on the latest creative efforts of Sandra, Jan, Deborah and Fay.

The foursome — all residents of Mesa County and members of the Art Quilt Association of the Western Slope — are among 16 Colorado fiber artists whose work appears in a new book titled, “500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work” (Lark Books).

This “Fab Four” — Sandra Hoefner, Jan Rickman, Deborah K. Snider and Fay Timmerman-Traudt — will gather from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 10 for a book-signing at Hi Fashion Fabrics, 2586 Patterson Road. They’ll also display some of their work.

Selecting the quilts for this book was Karey Patterson Bresenhan, founder and president of Quilts Inc. and director of the International Quilt Festival.

In the book’s introduction, Bresenhan explains that quilts created as art began to be noticed and acknowledged during the last quarter of the 20th century.

I introduce the “Fab Four:”

Sandra Hoefner of Grand Junction.

Two of her narrative/figurative quilts, “The Day Before Pearl Harbor” and “Flying Saucers,” appear in the book. Both are large quilts based on photos of women from bygone eras.

Hoefner starts such pieces by making big patterns for them.

Two of her next projects will feature “old-fashioned ladies in striped bathing suits” and “my aunt in an apron with her arm around her favorite cow,” she says with a laugh.

Also a feline fancier, Hoefner and her blue calico cat are pictured in the magazine “Studios” for spring 2010. They are part of a “Pets in the Studio” segment.

Jan Rickman of Whitewater.

She chose “The Harvest” for her submission to the “500 Art Quilts” book because of its strong representational composition, she says.

“I thought it would be a good example of my representational work, and I also believe this piece illustrates how art quilts can really look like paintings with all the shading from the hand-dyed fabric and thread painting.”

“The Harvest” was completed as a commission for VanDrunen Farms in Illinois.

Now, she’s working on abstract art quilts, a series of African scenes and mixed media collage.

Some of her abstract quilts will be displayed in an online magazine called Terrain.org.

Deborah K. Snider of Grand Junction.

Three of her mandala art quilts can be seen in the book; they are “Ancestories: Welsh Memories,” “Color Wheel: Stereotypes” and “Encrustaceans I.”

Snider is an assistant professor of art education, arts administration and studio art at Mesa State College.

“Encrustaceans I” was a 2008 prize winner at International Quilt Festival in Houston and now tours the world in an exhibit titled “Transformations ‘09: Reflections.”

More of Snider’s work is being submitted to shows in Michigan, and Utah as well as the cities of Golden and Denver.

Fay Timmerman-Traudt of Grand Junction.

“It’s a real honor to have a quilt featured in this book,” she says, referring to her “Desert Blooms.”

Timmerman-Traudt is a Bernina sales consultant at Hi Fashion Fabrics, where she’ll give a free demonstration at 11:30 a.m. April 17 on the fusing and machine quilting techniques she used on her quilt.

During a recent trip to Tucson, Ariz., Timmerman-Traudt enjoyed the folk art of the area, particularly “The Day of the Dead” pieces based on Mexican tradition. They are recognizable for their sugar skulls and skeletons wearing bright flowers and hats.

She plans to start on a series of art quilts with that theme.

“I’ll use paper and other found objects, maybe some bones I picked up in the desert,” so they will be mixed media pieces, she says.

All four of these talented textile artists deserve kudos for their outstanding achievements as they continue to build upon the fabric of their lives.

E-mail Sherida.Warner @gjsentinel.com.


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