2016: Rowland Ricketts

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Making: A World of Blue

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive, Madison

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

2012 National Cultural Festival Tokushima, Japan

2012 National Cultural Festival, Tokushima, Japan

Ricketts Portrait

About 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.

More about Rowland Ricketts | More of his work | Facebook group page for working with indigo.


The event is free & open to the public
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About the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is primarily a teaching collection serving the Design Studies Department and other academic disciplines on campus, including the Material Culture program. The collection of more than 13,000 artificts is used to learn about textiles from both cultural and artistic perspectives. Portions of the collection are on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room and scheduled exhibitions in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

About the Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture
Since 1992, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection has proudly sponsored an annual lecture series in honor of Ruth Ketterer Harris, the Collection’s first curator. The lecture series has featured a diverse range of specialists with broad public appeal including textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, scholars, and collectors ― all of whom have contributed to an enhanced understanding and appreciation of textiles. The Harris Lecture is free and open to the public. Sign up for HLATC’s email list to receive announcements for this and other opportunities. If interested in participating as a speaker for the lecture series, please click here for more information.