I have been working with fine-line piecing for several years, but almost always with solid colors. Recently I did some "fracturing" of screenprinted text. While I was studying with Dorothy Caldwell recently she suggest that I start with a huge expanse of text rather than just a bit.
But I had a better idea as I returned to my seat and passed the workstation of my friend Shelley Brenner Baird, whose screenprinting I have always drooled over. I asked her if she would consider a collaboration -- she making the fabric, I piecing in the fine line fracture pattern. She agreed, and here's the result:
Fault Lines 5
Shelley Brenner Baird and Kathleen Loomis
Shelley's fabric was only 36 inches wide and I was concerned that it would turn out too small, since piecing in the fine lines takes up fabric. So I augmented it with some orange fabric that I had dyed several years ago. I love the color scheme, and was particularly pleased to note that it matched the silks of the Belmont Stakes winner, Ruler On Ice.