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Textile Museum of Canada presents visiting artist ROWLAND RICKETTS

Textile Museum of Canada presents a lecture series with internationally recognized textile artist Rowland Ricketts in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Trained in traditional indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, this pioneering figure creates exquisite textiles that span art and design as they embrace centuries of tradition and specialized knowledge. Rowland Ricketts is an Assistant Professor in Textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has established his own indigo farm.

LECTURE: Seed, Plant, Resist
Thursday October 19, 6:30–8:00 pm
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto (St Patrick Station)
Rowland Ricketts will discuss how he grows and processes indigo and how this shapes his art, informs his world view, and serves as an act of resistance in a culture of overproduction and overconsumption.
Tickets $20, TMC Members $15, Students $12
REGISTER: textilemuseum.ca/programs | 416.599.5321 x2228


GALLERY TOUR AND RECEPTION: Indigo in Depth
Friday October 20, 6–8:00 pm
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto (St Patrick Station)
Rowland Ricketts gives a special tour of the TMC’s current exhibitions of Japanese and Latin American textiles offering unique insights into the indigo-dyed textiles on view. The tour will be followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle, providing further opportunities to learn about the artist’s practice and connect with other members of the local textile community.
Tickets $40, TMC Members $30, Students $20
REGISTER: textilemuseum.ca/programs | 416.599.5321 x2228


LECTURE: I am Ai, We are Ai
Saturday October 21, 2-3:30 pm
Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300, Toronto (3rd floor of Hudson’s Bay Centre, above Royal Bank)
The region of Tokushima is known throughout Japan for the indigo, or ai, that has been grown there for more than 400 years. This lecture will explore the history and practice of indigo farming in the region and examine the current culture of indigo through the lens of the artist’s public art project I am Ai, We are Ai that was part of the National Cultural Festival hosted by Tokushima Prefecture in 2012.

FREE. Doors will open at 1pm.
REGISTER: jftor.org


For more information contact Susan Fohr: sfohr@textilemuseum.ca or 416.599.5321 x2228

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LEFT: Rowland Ricketts by Anna Teeter
RIGHT and BELOW (detail): Courtesy of Rowland Ricketts


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Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
textilemuseum.ca
416.599.5321

About the Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. The Textile Museum of Canada presents rotating exhibitions, changed throughout the year. Exhibitions draw from TMC’s collection and present the work of local, national and international contemporary artists. The TMC also host touring exhibitions and guest curators through various partnerships and collaborations.

The Textile Museum of Canada is a non-profit cultural and internationally renowned educational institution, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2015. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Open seven days a week, the TMC is located steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The TMC Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books and toys and globally sourced artist-designed and artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at textilemuseum.ca

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