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Rowland Ricketts

Artist, Indiana University in Bloomington

The Profound Beauty of Indigo

PRESENTED ON MAR 24, 2015
IN CHICAGO @ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY

"The choice to plant, transplant, weed, harvest, winnow, dry, compost, and ferment indigo entirely by hand is longer one of necessity. It is political. It is beautiful. It is labour. It is life." 

In The Profound Beauty of Indigo from Chicago's Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists Assembly, Ronald Rickettsshares his story of moving to Japan to teach English and explore Japanese craft heritage. He discovered indigo leaves and had an apprenticeship at a Tokushima dye factory. He became an indigo farmer, dyer and visual artist. His work developed into creating installations, establishing a social practice and spreading the indigo art. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Tuesday, August 12th, 2015.

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Mørke Dage

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https://www.facebook.com/morkedage

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Life, Death, and Beauty in Photography

BY CLAUDIA AMMIRATA
@ VOL 34 ON APR 20, 2017

Claudia Ammirata opens up about how she found a new life through photography after the loss of her husband.  Photography became a form of art therapy that lead to publishing her own book, "Ephemeral Beauty," that uses flowers as the vehicle to interpret the metaphor of life.

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The Enigma of Facial Beauty in Art

BY AMANDA GOLINGI
@ VOL 15 ON JUN 15, 2017

Marketing Designer and Creative Arts Student, Martin Potter and Amanda Golingi share about the enigma of facial beauty in art.

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Between Art and the Everyday

BY CRISTINA RINAUDO
@ VOL 15 ON JUN 15, 2017

Cristina Rinaudo explores how typographic installations elevate the ordinary - a search for the familiar in contemporary art.

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The magic of Indigo!

BY JENAI HOOKE
@ VOL 25 ON FEB 28, 2018

In this presentation Jenai Hooke reveals the magic of indigo and her fascination with the ancient art of botanical dyeing.

Jenai is a maker and an alchemist, working from her bushland studio in Eudlo where she can be found doing all kinds of amazing things from boiling up pots of Bunya husks to turn into golden silk, to collecting mud from a nearby creek to paint symbols on fabric. Jenai has travelled far and to study with the natural dye masters of Japan, France, Mexico and the USA, bringing home new knowledge to pass on to the participants of her many workshop in Australia and New Zealand. She founded the Sunshine Coast Natural Dyers Interest Group (SCNDIG) in 2015 and members share, learn, and develop their skills as dyers and artists.