Fibre Fortnight is coming up next semester, approved so I thought I would share the work of Rowland Ricketts, our visiting artist this year.
Ricketts trained in Japan, learning how to farm and dye with indigo. His work uses traditional techniques and natural processes to create woven and dyed works of art. Ricketts also creates large installation pieces, working with the gallery space to create an environment for the viewer.
I am Ai, We are Ai – Warehouse Installation, Japan, 2012
Rickett’s artist statement begins beautifully with an explination of his process and feelings towards his materials. He states, “The smell of an indigo vat just as it begins fermenting and springs to life is one of ripeness; a moment of rich potentiality when, as a maker, I momentarily stand between the history of the materials and processes that helped me get the indigo thus far and the promise of all the works that the vat is still yet to realize.”
Past Present, Ohio, 2010
Red Aligned and Centered, Yellow
Rowland Ricketts will be showing his work at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon from January 29, 2016 until June 04, 2016. That means that if we go on our grad trip to Portland, a wide range of his work will be available for us to view.
All images were taken from Rickett’s website: http://www.rickettsindigo.com/