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Rowland Ricketts Indigo – composting floor workshop & lecture

January 10, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 pm

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Fibershed and Restorative Dye Works present master indigo dyer, Rowland Ricketts
An insulated pile of indigo leaves undergoes the composting process atop a traditional Japanese composting floor.

Japanese Indigo Workshop: The Composting Floor
a hands-on workshop taught by Rowland Ricketts in Nicasio, California

Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Directions will be given upon registration
Cost: Sliding scale of $75-$100, includes workshop and evening lecture

Indiana University Professor Rowland Ricketts is coming to our Fibershed! We are so excited to host Rowland as we construct the first ever Japanese Indigo Composting Floor on the West Coast.

Rowland will lead a small group of participants through the process of layering the necessary materials to create the traditional natural floor surface that has been used to compost dried indigo leaves for hundreds of years.

The composting floor is the key to extending the use of your annual crop, and is essential in transforming the summer harvested leaf into sukumo, the composted leaf matter that can be used for year round indigo dye vats. (Please note: we will not be preparing an indigo vat or dyeing with indigo in this workshop.)

In exchange for the small group size, and the low cost of the workshop, we ask that each participant come with a sense of contribution, a dish to share for lunch, and a good work ethic!

Untitled Obi Yardage, 2001, indigo dyed hemp kibira, shibori, 13″ x 180″ by Rowland Ricketts

Evening Lecture: Rowland Ricketts shares his love for Indigo

Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church, 11445 Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes Station, 94956
Cost: Sliding scale of $15-$20 (free for workshop participants)

Rowland Ricketts will present his work and life as it pertains to his love for indigo. Rowland first saw indigo in the early 90s after graduating from Wesleyan, and began apprenticing with indigo farmers in Japan 1996.

His work at the University of Indiana has included a community based indigo farming operation, where students from the BFA and MFA programs have the opportunity to work with the plant from seed and nurture it well into its days in the field. Rowland’s work as a teacher and community organizer is accompanied by list of international exhibits where his indigo dyed textiles have received acclaim far and wide.


Textiles by Rowland Ricketts

Visit Rowland’s beautiful and informative website at www.rickettsindigo.com.

This is a specialty workshop and lecture sponsored by Fibershed, one of many that we intend to host, for the purpose of re-skilling our community in the skills for clothing ourselves without costs to our environment. Experts from other communities will come periodically to help us build a thriving, skilled and inspired bioregional textile community.


January 10, 2012
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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