Thursday, September 22, 2005

Jewelry Artist Jai Johnson Announces Shades of Autumn, An Exclusive Collection of Signed and Numbered Fine Art Pendants

This October, jewelry designer Jai Johnson will present her latest collection of custom, one-of-a-kind, fine art pendants in her Impressions series. Each signed and numbered, limited edition jewel will be available for viewing in a three-day show on October 24, 2005. The Shades of Autumn presentation will open with a preview sale on October 23, 2005, at 2pm CST on MicheleJanine.Com.

The Shades of Autumn collection is a vibrant celebration of Fall, presented in striking art jewelry. Twenty designer pendants depicting a magnificent blend of the rich and dramatic colors of autumn will be unveiled on October 23, 2005. Inspired by photographs, the designer prepares a colorful, contemporary abstract art pendant based on the colors, shapes, and other elements found in an inspiration photo. Each art pendant is a signed and numbered, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

The designs in Jai's Impressions series clearly display the artist's love affair with colors. Unlike her realistic pieces in her Portrayals series, the Impressions jewelry selections are full of bold, bright colors and a wonderful sense of movement. Each piece adorns the body with the same mysterious wonder and splendor as the objects from which they were inspired and created.

After the initial reaction to one of her art pendants, the designer is often asked what kind of paint she uses. "No paint is used for my work," Jai explains. "All of my jewelry is created completely using translucent polymer clay, both the solid and liquid forms. Color is added using acid-free artist chalks and/or pastels. Layers of color are applied in a similar fashion to that of enamel work, and between each layering of color, the piece is fired to set the design before adding the next layer. They can be as many as 20 layers of color on one pendant. This layering process creates the depth and focus needed for the piece."

Customers exhibit awe and amazement as they hold the finished pieces in their hands. Since it feels like hard plastic, they find it difficult to believe the jewelry begins as clay in the raw form. "I love Jai's pendants in her Impressions line for several reasons," says Sara Mitchell, a customer from Knoxville, Tennessee. "They are lightweight and easy to wear. I like bold jewelry, but don't like anything too heavy. Since I wear mostly solid colors, these pendants go with the bulk of my wardrobe. It's so nice to be able to add a little pattern and design to my outfits, without having to do it through clothes. And most of all, I love these pendants because they are so colorful, they make me feel alive."

Jai Johnson has been designing jewelry for the past ten years. In addition to her jewelry skills, she is an accomplished artist and published author. She is a member and active participant in the International Jewelry Designer's Guild, an internet-based group of over 800 artisans who create jewelry in a wide variety of mediums.

More details about the Shades of Autumn jewelry collection can be found on Visitors can sign up for the artist's monthly newsletter and receive a reminder the day before the special collection of pendants will open for viewing. The collection will be available for sale at set prices on the preview date direct from the designer's website. On October 24, 2005, all available pendants will be placed on Ebay for a three-day auction to millions of jewelry collectors from around the world.

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