Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Namesake Pendant

After doing updates and installation on my computer yesterday, I finally had a little time to poke around the Internet last night. I visited the site of Jana Roberts Benzon and could hardly believe my eyes! As some of you may know, I have a fetish for the color lime green, which I'm convinced is "the new neutral". More specifically, I love what I like to call "dirty lime green". This gorgeous pendant that Jana recently made is called the "Kim Cavender" pendant. Unlike me, it's perfect in every way! I adore those stripes and the black and grey colors she used with this yummy green. I'm thrilled to have something so beautiful share my name. Thank you, Jana, for thinking of me.

After I got over the shock of seeing "my" pendant, I scrolled down the page to see what else was new and found this wonderful "plumage" pendant. Jana made some small pieces last year for a swap in this same style and I'm so glad she's decided to make more. These pieces are incredibly seamless and perfectly smooth, except for the dimensional bits that she adds. I really like the feeling of movement these pieces have.

But ,there's even more "wow" work to share from Jana! These new pieces that she's added the slightly variegated wood grain look to are amazing. I really like the addition of the more "solid" elements in these pieces. I think it gives your eyes a place to rest and makes her beautiful canework really pop. I also love the fact that she's used colors that are a bit brighter in these newer pieces.
I really believe that these pendants are some of the best things she's done. It's not always easy to incorporate new design elements or colors into your "signature" pieces but Jana has accomplished that beautifully and flawlessly with her latest work.
Good news! She has a DVD coming out any day now so be sure to check her website for ordering info and availability.

7 comments:

Kathi said...

Jana just blows me away. I swear that womans brain never rests. She pops out new designs and color palettes without breaking a sweat. I think if anyone took her clay away she would wither up and die. I am proud to call her my soul sister and best friend.

Linda said...

I love Jana's work...a true artist in every sense of the word!

rubarb said...

Jana's work is always gorgeous, but the faux wood with turquoise edges...wow, love that one!

Anonymous said...

well, knock me over with a feather! How generous you've been to me, Kim....thank you for making this a good day ;-)...

jana

Tammy said...

Well, it's about time something green gets named after you, Kim!!! Jana has wonderful canes....I'm liking her newer work even better!

Susan Turney said...

Thanks for alerting us. I have to run over to her site!!

deb said...

These pendants are stunning! And like you Kim, I love a good dirty lime green. In fact green is my favourite colour...it always seems to find its way into my work.

Jana's use of colour is just amazing though. She is one truely talented artist.

debsx