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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.
451 people in 10 countries participated with indigo dyed cloth he dyed, and they subjected the masked fabric to the sun over several months in order to fade a portion of the cloth. The cloths were then returned and assembled into this installation. Instead of thinking about the faded part as a negative result, the artist considers the sun’s interaction with the dye and the cloth as an addition to its nature. Enjoy.