Textiles Faculty

Rowland Ricketts

Rowland Ricketts is an indigo farmer and dyer who utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design.  His recent project works to involve others in the process of local plant dyes to question how we live, create, and consume in contemporary America.  Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an assistant professor of Textiles at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum, Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York, and Douglas Dawson Gallery in Chicago.



Carissa Carman


Carissa Carman’s interdisciplinary artwork incorporates social practice directed by the construction, design, and usability of specialty objects and services. These playful interventions in site-specific environments are pseudo-purposeful, yet soulful and generous. Her performances, sculptures, and printed materials reference already established systems, occupations, and skills while maintaining the aesthetic of the handmade. Her practice is collaborative, and as a pioneer of do-it-yourself mastery she partners with artists and professionals to negotiate the exchange of trade skills. Originally from California, Carman earned her BA from the University of California Chico (2001) and her MFA in Fibres at Concordia University, Montreal (2012). From 2003-2009 she was based in New York City, where she received residencies and grants from Women’s Studio Workshop, Andy Warhol Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York Council of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has presented in New York City, Seattle, Florida, Montreal, Sackville, Cuba, Italy, and France.