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MANA COLLECTION: Stunning Recycled Jewelry by TOUCH
Posted By Abigail Doan On January 20, 2008 @ 11:18 am In Accessories and Fashion,sustainable style sundays | 8 Comments
The Mana Collection  by TOUCH  features one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces  that cleverly string together social design and environmental responsibility, not to mention recycled treasures from the streets of Brazil. This LA based art/design collective  recently introduced a stunning line of artisan made products including furniture, home décor items, ceramics, tableware, jewelry , and limited edition items. They wisely brought on board Mana Bernardes , a young jewelry designer, poet, and visual artist from Rio de Janeiro, to oversee their hip jewelry creations. Detritus and discarded plastics never looked so good, as the Mana Collection  is proof that one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure. These are, for sure, the eco-sparkly jewels of creative re-use.
Multimedia artist and designer Mana Bernardes  finds pure poetry in the flotsam of our lives and consequently is able to incorporate seemingly unusable materials such as PET bottles, phone cards , toothpicks, hair clips, plastic netting, pearls, silver, and gold into Mana’s handcrafted collection. She has also joined forces with community education social projects  at the Museum of Rio de Janeiro and the European Design Institute of Sao Paulo, where she works with teenagers and students teaching jewelry making and entrepreneurial design skills.
With mention in the Dec/Jan 08 issue of Dwell  and an upcoming launch with US retailers, TOUCH’s Mana Collection  is slated to bring a bit of resourcefulness, humor, and doubletake to sustainable style wardrobes everywhere. We salute their team-based efforts!
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 art/design collective: http://www.do-not-touch.com/about_us.html
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 Mana Bernardes: http://www.do-not-touch.com/mana_mana.html
 phone cards: http://www.trycards.com/
 She has also joined forces with community education social projects: http://www.do-not-touch.com/mana_facts.html
 Dec/Jan 08 issue of Dwell: http://www.do-not-touch.com/press_01.html
 + TOUCH : http://www.do-not-touch.com
 + Mana Collection : http://www.do-not-touch.com/mana_index.html
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