Why am I wearing a half mask respirator on vacation?

Why am I wearing a half mask respirator on vacation?

While most people are headed to the beach, or out or even chasing butterflies in the backyard, this summer I’m spending 5 days in a classroom experimenting with dye and discharge agents! Yay!  The  instructor is well known fiber artist and author Carol Soderland.  It promises to be an interesting (and fun) week.

Mx dye concentrate

dyed cotton & silk
Our first attempts at dye discharge

And about that respirator…  while the dye process is fairly safe, the chemicals used for discharge are rather nasty. The respirator is a wise choice when you have your head hanging over a pail of bleach mixture. Carol spends a lot of time in class discussing hazards and proper safety precautions for this kind of work.  I appreciate her cautious approach.

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