April TIF challenge

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Time goes so swiftly! It is already April 8th and high time for me to get started with April's Take it Further challenge! This is some of what Sharon has written about the theme for this month:

"There are stages in life when it is almost unacceptable to change. For instance it is often implied that it is not acceptable to change when you are middle aged and the desire for change at this stage in life is often referred to as a mid life crisis. Yet often at the same time, in the work place expensive consultants are being hired to help corporations and institutions ‘manage change’. We are expected to adapt to different work stresses and embrace change in the work place but changes our private lives is framed as bit of issue. It amuses me when people say we have to learn to live with change as change has always been part of life. As soon as we are born we start to grow in other words we start to change.

How do you see change? That is the challenge topic this month."

The color scheme she chose is very heavy and dark to my taste for this month - she has an oriental red, mustard yellow, ivory, black and a very dark blue or green. Sharon lives in Australia so autumn colors make sense right now down under. I'm craving something brighter and lighter.

Today I'm going to prep some muslin and organza for mono-printing and I'll do some experiments with that process as part of my challenge this month. It will be a new process for me and will represent a change in the way I work. I hope that I will discover that I like the process; my current dyeing processes require that I apply my dyes immediately, but the mono-printing method allows for storage of the dye solution as the soda ash is added to the fabric before the dye is applied. We just got a new fridge which is much bigger than our old one so if I get a small bin, I can mix small containers of dye paste and seal them in the bin to be stored in the fridge between studio sessions. That would be so amazing!

So, I am off to exercise and get that fabric prepped during "PBS prime time."

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