I am Ai, We are Ai was a public art project by Rowland Ricketts as part of Japan’s 2012 National Cultural Festival hosted by Tokushima Prefecture that ran from July 28-December 16, 2012. The project celebrated the history and future of indigo in Tokushima by creating both visual and physical connections between the indigo growers, processors, dyers, and end users who together comprise this ongoing tradition. This presentation will take an in-depth look at the ideas behind the project as well as the final artwork that resulted from it including the sound collaboration with Norbert Herber.
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 Assistant Professor in Textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), and Douglas Dawson Gallery (Chicago) and has been published in Textiles Now, FiberArts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal, and Hand/Eye Magazine. Rowland is a recipient of a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship.