I am taking advantage of this time of social distancing to improve my practice. Dyers must understand the materials they work with and I have never taken the time to do a color study of the dyes, mordants and assists I use regularly. For the past few days I have made alum mordants, dye extracts, soy baths, iron vats, and made color charts. At some point I will be able to create pallettes for my surface designs. This arduous and systematic process is not how I like to approach my art but this disciplined practice will take my creativity and of materials to a new level.