metalsmith / designer / educator

The artist

Michael Dale Bernard
Artist and Educator
Los Angeles, California

BFA, Univ. of Illinois 1999
MFA, Cal State Long Beach 2007


The formula is
Street mash-up.

Photo junkie + designer obsessed with the Image

I fabricate bold, representational forms
with HYPE!



June 2011:

Check out the incredible article written by Gabriel Craig (metalsmith, writer, and craft-activist) in Metalsmith Magazine (vol. 31 / no. 3) examining the role of low-brow and agenda-biased imagery in jewelry and metalwork. 

Featured artists include Arthur Hash, Loring Taoka, Andrew Kuebeck, Marissa Saneholtz, and myself.  I am proud and honored to be a part this visual conversation!



Fresh Work

Wood Be Diamond series!

10 New brooches made from over 75% recycled materials!

Jillian Moore of AJF Blog writes: "I have to confess that I started suffering from ‘gem fatigue’ some time last year, but Michael Dale Bernard's new brooches were therapeutic. The small clustered ‘gems’ were carved in wood and painted in bright, cheeky colors. Along with the construction of the brooch hardware, his work is always charmingly, cartoonishly masculine – a hot-rod-obsessed grade school boy’s earnest conception of jewelry?"


Blog Posts

Yuma 2011: The Southwest Symposium experience

32nd Annual Yuma Arts Symposium

February 24-26, 2011, Yuma, AZ


"The Yuma Symposium is comfort food for hungry artists."  I presented a lecture Urban Image Metalsmithing: coded and coated graphics, that covered the inspiration that I draw from the graffiti and marketing graphics coated, LA landscape. I will related my visual works to a lineage of metalsmiths working in the graphic narrative.  I also reveal some of my powder coating techniques during a demonstration of the process. 

Posted by Michael Dale Bernard on August 8, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

East Carolina University rocks out the best East Coast symposium for Jewelry and Metals!

ECU - East Carolina University : Material Topics Symposium

January 15-16, 2011, Greenville, NC

I was thoroughly honored to be a presenter at this unrivaled, student-organized symposium along with Ken Bova, Dan DiCaprio, Caroline Gore, Mi-Sook Hur, Nicole Jacquard, Lisa Johnson, and Tom Muir. 

This was only the 2nd annual incarnation of the ECU Metals Symposium and I was blown away by the professionalism, academic relevancy, and overwhelming sense of community that permeated every aspect of this gathering!

I was asked to give an artist lecture on my work and also to lead 2 demonstration periods on Powder Coating techniques and how the process can be incorporated into a metals practice.

Liz Steiner (an incredible metalsmith and blogger of Atomic Rabbit) covers the symposium's events in great detail on Crafthaus.


Posted by Michael Dale Bernard on August 8, 2011 at 8:30am



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