Rowland Ricketts uses natural materials and traditional techniques to create contemporary textiles. Ricketts trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan. He now farms the dye in rural Indiana and uses it to make geometric forms in textiles that vary in scale, at times becoming large-scale installations. Ricketts, an Assistant Professor of Textiles at Indiana University, runs the IndiGrowing Blue project at the school with participants who grow and harvest Japanese indigo as a way to gain “unique insight into how we live, create, and consume as contemporary Americans.”
Portrait photo courtesy the artist.