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"From my own belief and experience, imagination thrives on contact, on tangible connection.  For humans to have a responsible relationship to the world, they must imagine their places in it.  To have a place, to live and belong in a place without destroying it, we must imagine it."

- Wendell Berry

rowland ricketts

Last week DJ and I went to see Rowland Ricketts exhibit, Immanent Blue at the University of Louisville.  

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It was really serendipitous how we even found out about the exhibit.  Our older brother, an Architect in New York City, works for a really great interiors firm where one of the girls in his office does a lot of textile sourcing.  Knowing my love of everything textile related, she recently forwarded a link to Rowland's work.  It just so happened that I received it two days before he was giving a lecture here in Louisville.  Thank you, universe, for making that happen! 

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It is evident in Rowland's work how important process is.  Although the textiles themselves are beautiful, what gives them depth is the attention to detail in every aspect of working with his medium: indigo.  Studying in Japan, Rowland learned ancient techniques for growing, harvesting, processing and dyeing with indigo.  Rowland works with the plant from seed to dye vat - a process that takes about a year in total from the time the seeds are planted to having a finished piece.  

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My favorite thing about Rowland's work is the preciseness of it.  Shades of indigo are expertly consistent, gradation in color is flawless, and he incorporates strong geometric elements in every piece, giving them a timeless quality.  

Check out more of Rowland's work here.  

getting in the swing of things

Well, we've been pretty quiet over here.  But, that doesn't mean we haven't been busy.  

DJ and I have been steadily working up to our official launch date, which is October 10th.  As in... the October 10th that is three weeks away.  I don't want to say we're freaking out, but we're kind of freaking out. 

There's still an incredible amount of work to be done.   

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Even though it's stressful at times, there have already been so many great reminders about why we're doing this.  For example, when we got our first sample sweater and I tried it on... I was so excited I started laughing.  I already knew the sweaters we were making were great because I so intimately know each step we've taken to ensure the highest quality and best fit along the way.  But, nothing compares to actually trying it on.  It is hands down the best sweater - no, best piece of clothing - I've ever put on my body.  

It's thick enough that you know it will keep you warm on the coldest winter day, but at the same time it is breathable enough that, even when hanging out indoors, it's not hot.  And, it's soft.  So, so soft.  And the colors are beautiful.  They change when you walk from room to room, indoor and outdoor.

Ok, I'll stop gushing.  But suffice it to say that I want about ten of our sweaters just for myself.  And, having that realization about a product that I've poured so much time and energy into is an incredible feeling.