social justice, economic systems, & environmental sustainability

Rowland Ricketts

Natural Indigo Then and Now

Q&A FEB 11. 5-6PM EST


In this presentation I will discuss my work growing, processing, and dyeing with indigo within the context of this dye’s global history. Special emphasis will be placed on how the legacy of colonialism and capitalist definitions of value have shaped the way we favor some indigo traditions while disregarding others, and why these overlooked indigo systems of making offer profound opportunities for re-thinking what we truly value.


Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Architecture & Design at Indiana University. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum and has been recognized with a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship