Chilean born jeweller Macarena Bernal has been a resident in New Zealand since 2012 and a NZ citizen since 2018. Maca gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Finis Terrae University in Santiago. Once in New Zealand she completed a contemporary Jewellery diploma at M.I.T. and went on to gain a MVA from the Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin School of Arts. Maca is best known for her Maca Link range which she began in 2015. The multi coloured links are made from pigmented polymers and textiles and can be formed together in many ways to make a dynamic range of necklaces and bangles. All Maca Links are designed to be interchangeable, interlinking with each other by slotting one into the next one. The entire range of Maca Links, including Maca Links Bangles and cords are fully compatible with each other.
Ring - NO ring (oval) Black powder coated bronze (polished) $290
Ring - NO ring (oblong) Tiberius gold powder coated bronze $290
Ring - NO ring (oval) Tiberius gold powder coated bronze $290
Carabineros de Chile spent 15 million pesos on 18kt gold and pearl earrings for female police cadets as part of their uniform amidst the worst social uprisings in Chilean history
They are taking the Mickey.
Ring THE MICKEY 2022 $650
Pair of DIY pearl earrings from Alibaba, resin, sterling silver, partial 18kt gold plating
Chained earrings 2020 $300
Handmade sterling silver chain in clear resin
The first of these necklaces I made during last Lockdown, for the Kauri Museum. I was reflecting on the concerning life cycle of Kauri Trees. This Lockdown I reconstituted more Kauri Gum into more beads, this time concerned about my own life cycle.
Kauri Cycle Necklace II, 2021. Kauri Gum, resin, pigments, nylon, sterling silver, magnets $895
Link necklace; light pink and fluro yellow cord, dark brown drop link, light brown drop link, camel long link, glow in the dark bangle link, beige long link, dark brown pointy link, clear pointy link. $655
Inner link ring, clear resin, bronze $185
Inner link ring, clear resin, stg silver $185
Inner link ring, glow in the dark resin, bronze $185
Inner link ring, amber resin, stg silver $185
Inner link ring, fluro yellow resin, bronze $185
Rom is the name I gave a material I invented to capture and express my ideas in the form of contemporary jewellery. Rom sits at the core of a speculative narrative I generated about preservation of information, which purports to signify a new form of value in which jewellery made from Rom could be considered 'wearable forms of archiving'.
Rom dome ring; 2019, Stg Silver and Rom: CD-Rom, epoxy resins, illuminescent powder. $455
Rom rock ring; 2019, Stg Silver and Rom: CD-Rom, epoxy resins, illuminescent powder. $455
Rom skull ring; 2019, Stg Silver and Rom: CD-Rom, epoxy resins, illuminescent powder. $455
360° bracelet; 2017, Stg Silver and Rom: CD-Rom, epoxy resins. $800
Brooch, Mayor Glitch 1 Rom. Epoxy resin, cd flakes, illuminescent pigment, aluminum, stg silver, stainless steel, lacquer. $450
Earrings, Slight glitch, Ilum Rom: epoxy resin, cd flakes, illuminescent pigment, stg silver. $370
Earrings, Broad glitch, holo epoxy resin, fine holographic powder pigment, stg silver. $380
Earrings, House Rom: epoxy resin, cd flakes, stg silver. $280
Earrings, Flat Rom Rom: epoxy resin, cd flakes, stg silver. $250
"This body of work originated by experimenting with time and gravity. Allowing them to interfere with my methodology altered results gracefully
The large neckpiece can be worn as is, passing it over the head and if picked apart all Links become independent and can be worn with or without a cord, allowing for multiple combinations"
Zebra Link Neckpiece. Resin $1,125
Oil Spill Bangle. Resin $175
Bangle Link Trio. Resin $225
All links are interchangeable and can be sold separately or in groups, with or without a cord, and can be exchanged and combined in many possible ways
Neo Bangle links $80 each Bangle links $75 each
Eye links, Pointy links, Long links, Drop links, Open links $38 each
Cord Necklaces $25 each