Gallery: MANA COLLECTION: Stunning Recycled Jewelry by TOUCH


Mana Collection ‘Spatial Card’ necklace made of Recycled Phone Cards and Plastic Magnet Latch

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.

Mana Collection ‘Clasp’ necklace made of Recycled Metal Clasps and Rubber

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!

+ Mana Collection


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  1. michelldefrei September 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    These pieces of jewellery are certainly a conversational piece. When I wore it people asked me – What is was made of and where did I get it?

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  3. Rhawnie Hasselfeldt February 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I just saw your “found item” jewelry, and they are stunning! I try my hand at designing and I never thought of using recyclables. Your jewelry is very simple and “clean”. I would love to see more of your art.

  4. riv January 23, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Anyone know if there’s a connection between these people and the book “Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects”?

  5. Cynthia January 21, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations to Mana, we were togheter last Friday at a fashion show.
    Will she read this message?
    B e a u t i f u l work!!!

  6. brenna January 21, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Wow, these are all very cool! I am very impressed by the quality of the pieces shown and the artist’s commitment to the environment and social projects.

  7. Yuli January 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    this is really beautiful!
    it’s not just elegant but designed with big vision.
    such an inspiring article for us in developing country.

  8. Leozao January 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Parabéns Mana!
    Já conheço seu trabalho e sei que ele é Sensacional!
    Mesmo assim fiquei surpreso e muito feliz de te ver aqui.
    Voce vai longe.

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