Saturday, September 02, 2006

Marvelous Mauve

I am a member of the ScienceKnits Webring. I received my new copy of Chemical Heritage magazine the other day. Here is the cover:



We are celebrating 150 years of mauve, the first mass-produced, commercially available dye that was discovered by accident by a chemist looking for a cure for malaria. If you are interested in reading the article, here is the link :http://chemheritage.org/pubs/ch-v24n3-articles/mauve1.html.

I really enjoyed reading this, as some people have a hard time understanding why a person heavily involved with the sciences would be so attracted to fiber and dying. I am still discovering how much science is really involved in dying and fiberarts. As a teacher, I try to show how everything is a result of chemistry and I am still fascinated by this!

So as the school year begins, I once again look at the merging of my two loves--fiber and the world of chemistry!!

1 Comments:

At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Have you read the book "Mauve" by Simon Garfield? I'm coming to science from dyeing. May I tag you for a short one?
Any chance that beautiful shawl will get a better life?

 

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