The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Rowland Ricketts, textile artist and associate professor of textiles at Indiana University, as its 2016 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer
Making: A World of Blue
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive, MadisonAbout the Rowland Ricketts
Ricketts was trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. His work has been exhibited across the country, including the Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.) and Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). It has also been published in Textiles Now, FiberArts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal,
and Hand/Eye Magazine.
The lecture, titled Making: A World of Blue
, will outline the traditional Japanese methods Ricketts uses to grow and process indigo for use in his contemporary textiles. He will also discuss how indigo, a natural dye used around the world, has informed his own creative work and linked his artistic practice to a greater global artistic tradition.
About the Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture: The annual Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture was established in 1992 in honor of UW-Madison textiles professor and Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection curator, Ruth Harris. It was designed to bring nationally-recognized artists and scholars in the field of textiles to the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in order to share their expertise with the campus and broader community.