Rowland Ricketts

RowlandRowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), and Douglas Dawson Gallery (Chicago) and has been published in Textiles Now, FiberArts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal, and Hand/Eye Magazine. Rowland is a recipient of a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship.

Looking Back to Move Forward: The Challenges and Potential of a Sustainable Practice 

Abstract: As both a dye and a process, traditional Japanese indigo would seem to be a perfect fit as we look for ways to lessen the impact of current methods of dyeing on the environment, yet there are many aspects of this environmentally sustainable practice that challenge this assumption.  Through an overview of a recent dyeing and installation project I will explore these challenges as well as the potential for local human-scale indigo production in the 21st century.

Rowland’s talk is part of the LACMA plenary session Sustainability in Textile Art and Industry chaired by Kaye Spilker.