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Dyebath Acidity and Litmus

Many organic dyes, what the eighteenth-century colour-makers called “vegetable” colors, are sensitive to the alkalinity or acidity of the dyebath.  I have elsewhere shared the range of bright reds and … Read More

The Lab Acquires a Motley Emblem

I’ve been targeting a first-edition copy of Tristram Shandy just about since this project began.  I’m not a bibliophile.  This isn’t about author-love or the commoditization of old things.  I … Read More

Gum Tragacanth (and early marbling trials)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing up grant and fellowship proposals– or, maybe I should say “not writing them up,” since I’ve been finding ways to be productive … Read More

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