Jin Jiang Joy, a textile company founded by American conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum, is exploring photographic imagery derived from nature and applied to fine fabric, personal items and home accessories. Ketchum’s organic, intricately patterned creations are abstracted from his huge library of photographs. This artist believes working from pictures of nature infuses his designs with energies and rhythms no drawing could replicate or convey. He also thinks that such images bring nature’s energy into the urban environment, thus promoting more positive personal surroundings.
California-born Ketchum views his designs as permeated with the vibrant colors of Pacific Rim cultures. But he also employs colors and color relationships that promote positive energy in order to resonate with certain body chakras to stimulate joy, clarity and overall health. “Launch,” the high-quality 22" x 72" lustrous silk scarf shown here has been produced in a signed, limited edition of 200. The identical pattern is printed on 50 flat-black silk crepe shawls with fringe ends. Each retails for $250 USD. The astounding luminosity of the colors and the subtlety of hues have been faithfully reproduced by a 16-color printing process – close to the limit of what current technology allows.
Named by Audubon magazine as one of the 100 people who have helped to “shape the environmental movement of the 20th Century,” Ketchum is probably most recognized for using his landscape photography as a kind of “visual journalism” to advocate conservation. His images and strategies have helped lead national media campaigns to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon, Alaska’s Tongass rainforest, New York’s Hudson River and California’s San Simeon ranch properties, among many others.