2016 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture
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
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.
Previous Ruth Ketterer Harris Lectures
2015. “Global Color: Textiles, Dyes, and Colors in the Interwoven Globe, 16th-18th centuries.” Elena Phipps, Ph.D.
2014. “Seven Fibers that Changed the World.” Patrice George, Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
2013. “Weaving and Innovation: Digital Fibers Converse with Neural Networks.” Lia Cook, Artist.
2012. “Marrying Tradition and Innovation: Collaborations between Oaxacan Artisans and 21st-century Designers.” Ana Paula Fuentes Quintana.
2011.”The Hyperbolic Crocheted Reef Project: Art/Math/Ecology” by Margaret Wertheim.
2010. “Felt: The Most Ancient Modern Material” by Susan Brown.
2009. “The Sun and the Moon: Protective Motifs in Central and South Asian Embroideries” by Victoria Rivers.
2008. “The Embroidered Landscape of the Andes: Creating Textiles as a Way of Life” by Blenda Femenias.
2007. “Uzbek Steppe Embroidery: How Women Preserve Identity” by Kate Fitz Gibbon.
2006. “Contemporary Knitting: The Intersection of Fashion, Craft, Art, and Technolo” by Sandy Black.
2005. “Fashioning Architecture: Fabric, Form, and Textile Technology” by Bradley Quinn.
2004. “The Search Continues: Where are the 1933 Sears Quilt Contest Quilts?” by Merikay Waldvogel.
2003. “Imperial Ottoman Tents: Mobiles Palaces” by Nurhan Atasoy.
2002. “What do Textiles Say to Each Lying in the Dark? What are collections for, anyway?” by Max Allen.
2001. “Industry and Historic Preservation as Partners: Scalamandre` and Villa Louis”. Robert Bitter, co-president of the New York textile firm, Scalamandre` and Michael Douglass, site director of the Villa Louis Wisconsin State Historical Site.
2000. “The Shinning Cloth: Materials and Meaning” by Victoria Rivers.
1999. “Tana Bana: The Woven Soul of Pakistan” by Noorjehan Bildrami.
1998. “Shared Boundaries” by Gerhardt Knodel.
1997 “A New Look at Old Textiles” by Linda Baumgarten.
1996. “Cooperating for Change: the Ixoq aj Kemmol Women’s Weaving Cooperative in Tactic, Guatemala” by Rosalia Asig Cho`and Amy Giesemann.
1995 “World’s Oldest Textils” by Elizabeth Wayland Barber.
1993. “The Fashion’s in the Bag: Recycling Feed, Flour, and Sugar sacks during the Middle Decades of the 20th Century” by Rita J. Adrosko.
1990. “The Intuitive Response: Understanding and Collecting Traditional Textiles” by Douglas Dawson.