FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Indigo Talk with Rowland Ricketts - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hello from Ottawa, Canada
Laura Berkowitz Gilbert
Nice haircut Amy!
Thank you for posting it on instagram.
thanks for doing this!
Hi from Sunshine Coast, BC!
Good Afternoon from Detroit, Michigan
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Hello from Toronto, ON
Good morning from Northern California.
hey from California
saluti from Tuscany
helen kennedy pdx
Rowland spoke to a packed room in pdx
Hello, Nancy Ferro form Dallas, becoming a regular!
Hello from Grinnell, Iowa
Kathi Colen Peck
Hello from the Fingers Lakes, NY
Hi from Marin County, CA
Greetings from Santa Barbara, CA!
Hello from Berkeley, CA!
Wearing Indigo-dyed handspun
Wearing indigo-dyed from Takoma Park MD
hello from los angeles!
Lala de Dios
Hello from Madrid, Spain!
Hello from Colorado
Kwai Kwai from Vermont
Hello from Brittany
hello from Yellow Springs 9
Hello from Humboldt County California
Hello from Germany :-)
Great live music!!!
Hello from Virginia
this is LEGEND
Mary Ann Stewart
WooHoo!! 🎶 🌿
Amy, I like your new haircut.
Love the song!
re the words to this available anywhere?
Yeah!! Great job!
awesome! thank you!
Amy I love your necklace!
Wonderful! Thank you!
Love the live theme song!
yay what a treat! hi Kathy & Amy:)
Hi from Freeport Illinois
i see mine 😉
If you have questions for Rowland, put them here!
I live north of you in South Bend, Indiana (growing zone 5b). Do you think I can have success growing indigo here?
Why do you need to replace the clay?
What does he mean by the fabric being unwoven?
Thank you! That was wonderful!
Rowland, when putting the rinse water/ spent bath on the garden, do you worry about altering the pH of the soil?
do you use saki koji when you ferment?
You put the leaves on sheets to dry. What happens when the wind blows?
We are going to be collaborating with a university near us in PA/NY. We would like to know the size of the worldwide indigo market.
Thanks, all. I AM in the DC area and look forward to the Renwick opening so I can see the indigo exhibit.
Thank you so much for your time today!
Thank you that was a wonderful introduction for me.
That was incredible!! I am floored
@Julie yes! your season might be a bit shorter but it should grow
How do you neutralize the vat before returning it to the field. pH?
Karen O. Brown
Fantastic presentation! Thank you! What do you teach and are your students involved with your process?
Terrific work thank you
That was SO interesting.. so much to think about. Thank you very much.
Is the floor clay specific or can it be any porous flooring?
When you say before the vat dies, do you mean that literally? Doesn’t the dye work if the fermentation process has stopped?
Thank you great presentation!
Fantastically fantastic! Thank you, Roland!
What do you do for soil management and ph with all of the lime going in there?
Hi Rowland that was such an interesting talk. What inspired you to work with Indigo in the first place pls?
what is the organism that causes fermentation. where does it come from?
Which came first? Making indigo or being an artist?
What initially inspired you to work with indigo?
Laura Berkowitz Gilbert
This was amazing! Do you grind the sukamo before adding to the vat or just add it directly from the bale?
do you sell indigo dyed fabric (multiple yards) ?
I live in Alaska and grow indigo in a high tunnel, (large greenhouse). Any advice to people growing in a shorter season or in northern climates?
the pile of composting leaves in the photos represents about what weight of fresh leaves? Thanks
@Nancy the threads were picked out of the cloth
Lala de Dios
I have no questions now but I feel…how could I say!! I think I will just say thank you from the heart. A really enjoyable talk and this is Fine Art!
Points of clarification. 1) 40 acres were never given to us. Your point was confusing. 2) We were 'enslaved persons' not 'slaves'.
Thank you, Rowland for a wonderful presentation!!!
Do you use anything other than water to rinse out the indigo? I have recently used organic indigo that I used with wool for an extended time to get dark blue. But I cannot seem to rinse out all of the indigo….. after about 15 washings, the blue still comes off the wool onto my hands when knitting. Any thoughts?
This was beautiful! I grew almost entirely with your seeds this year. thank you!!
@Mary the fermentation is what reduces the oxygen from the vat, without the reduction the dye doesn’t work
I have great respect for your commitment to maintaining an artist's perspective on the entire process when seems quite overwhelming.
Does the indigo absorb any clay while it is composting?
I have grown indigo in Boulder, CO and now Blaine, WA
Can you explain the wood ash material. Is that what lye is or through the process are you creating lye?
This was so wonderful! Thank you for taking us through your process.
@Julie the wood ash soaked in water creates the lye
I live in St. Paul and only get one harvest each summer. iIs there a way to save the seeds fir the next year?
i'm floored (pun intended) oby the efficiency of your operation. do you teach at one of the college campuses, or do you allow visitors. do you sell your product (indigo et al) on a website?
How did you find your way to studying indigo in japan? what pulled you in that direction?
Your work is beautiful and your studio is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your process and knowledge with us!
With the Japanese method of starting the indigo vat is there a spiritual or ritual element that is honored?
soaking wood ash in water raises the pH up to about 11
Are you aware of a sukumo operation on the west coast - northern Californiia? Fibershed did one a few years ago but no longer.
This is all so moving! Question: you have been doing this for decades, what was your first entry point into your work?
what are your favorite books to recommend about artistic practice, history, or the culture of dyeing?
Debra Ketchum Jircik
Have you ever found amber in the color of your wood ash lye affected the color of your vat? I find it difficult to get a clear color from my wood ash lye. Thank you for an amazing and inspiring talk and your generous sharing.
B kilt the fermentation floor with Fibershed when you came out. Don’t recall the levels of the floor. Seems buckwheat hunks were part of it?
Karen O. Brown
How can you tell when the vats are dying? Do you just go by the color or are there other signs you look for.?
Good to see you again - so long since our 2010 summer at Haystack!! You look as young as you did then :-)
Can you recommend any resources to read more about your process? thanks, great presentatoin
Amazing and inspiring lecture on so may levels! Thank you for sharing Rowland
Thank you. This has been a wonderful presentation!
@Trish there’s a great book called Singing the Blues with John Marshall as your guide. Also an Indigo Pigment Extraction group on FB. And Fibershed put out a great indigo report a few years back, Google it
I started out in photography as well. The chemicals also worried me so I’ve been learning how to use a fructose vat thanks to Botanical Colors!
Jo Dean Tipton
Rowland, Such a wonderful presentation. Thank you!
Great answer as how you became interested in indigo, many thanks!
Rowland, Tom Willis says to tell you Hi
Thanks Amanda for the suggestions
Is there anyone who does what you do on the West coast? Thank you, Rowland, for your presentation.
Thank you, for a wonderful presentation always informative. When will you be back in Cleveland, Oh. Loved working with you at Praxis Fiber works
Thank you Roland! So much accomplishment and knowledge for someone so young. Many thanks for a wonderful presentation.
Thank you, Rowland, for sharing the fabulous story of your indigo experience. Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!.
Fabulous presentation. Thank you!
Hi Rowland! Wonderful to hear more about the process. Been missing the indigo vats at IU. Great presentation, thank you!
Thank you so much - I lived in Japan for two years back in the ’80’s Agigato Gozaimashita!
Wonderful presentation! Thank you, Rowland!
How do you balance growing indigo and making art, family life and work at the university. You’re amazing :-)
“Arigato” not Agigato.
a great presentation. Thank you
Thank you again!
Thank you, so very inspiring, Roland.
Amazing work! So inspiring. Thank you, Rowland for the work you are doing in the world.
That was the most amazing presentation! Thank you so much Rowland!
Amazing! Thank you all. Can’t wait to see the show at the Renwick!
Thank you Rowland! So inspiring!!! <3
Thank you Roland, for taking us into the indigo atmosphere.
Lala de Dios
Thank you to Botanical Colors also for organizing these virtual presentations.
Thanks for such a great presentation!
thanks I’ve grown your seeds for a few years now in Zone 4 so it’s hard to get seed .
Roland—that was amazing. I love your philosophy, art, and the work you are doing. Thanks for sharing!
Learned so much. Thank you
Thank you once again for an amazing talk
Thank you, Rowland. Thanks, too, Amy and Kathy, for adding color to our day.
Wearing Indigo-dyed handspun
thank you, Rowland! thank you, Kathy and Amy! I’m glad I stayed up for this...😊🌿
Thank You Roland. I wish I could study with you and meet you at your farm. I can’t imagine this could happen but… I have been growing Persicaria for about 7 years. Very small scale here in Los Angeles near the ocean. My best to you, Barbara Ryan
also please invite his wife for a lecture on weaving
Amazing ~ thank you SO MUCH!
great respect for the way you do your work. great presentation !
Wow! Just wow!
another wonderful Friday
awesome presentation thank you Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks Kathy and Amy!
Thank you, this was wonderful!
Thank you for a wonderful presentation and for Feedback Friday for getting us through this incredibly difficult year
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all!
This sounded amazing, I was only just able to jump on… will the recording be shared with everyone who signed up? I would love to watch it. I am sorry I missed what looked to be an incredible chat.
Happy Holidays to everyone!! Thanks, Amy and Kathy for your time and efforts!
Thank you for a most informative, interesting and enlightening presentation
This was so inspirational! Thank you all! Happy Holidays!
Thank you so much for a wonderful inspiring presentation! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
thank you!! happy holidays!!
Thank you Kathy and Amy
Amazing Rowland! Thank you so much!!
Wonderful presentation! Thank you!!!
thank you! great talk!
thanks! can’t wait to watch uninterrupted!
Happy Holidays Amy and Kathy and all who work at BC. Look forward to Feedback Friday in 2021