The first known use of iron happened in Egypt long before the Iron Age. Ancient Egyptians didn’t make knives or spears from it, they made beads for making necklaces. Thousands of years later adorning one’s body with beautiful things is still known as a peaceful way that we show our intentions towards ourselves and towards each other.

Several people make jewellery for LABINAC. The sculptural pieces made by Bev Koski of Thunder Bay bring an old tradition into new planes.

Jimmie Durham makes things of gold beaten with hammers. He also is entranced by the magic look and feel of electronic elements such as small parts from old telephones and computers. But his first love is always wood.

There is a brilliant and gentle humour in the works made by indigenous people in Brazil for LABINAC. Beadwork that can easily replace neckties or mobile phone pockets to great improvement in the aspects of city streets.

LABINAC puts jewellery on the same level in our architectural world as furniture. And as buildings themselves.


Bev Koski from Thunder Bay, Canada has taken glass beadwork as a discipline, a direction of life. Her works are sculptural and intimate.

 Bev Koski, glass beads bracelets, 2018.


A Huni Kuin forest agent at AMAAIAC (Association of the Movement of Indigenous Agro-Forest Agents from Acre) in Rio Branco, Brazil carried his cell phone inside a hand- woven bag designed to be worn as an elegant necklace. Labinac commissioned the Huni Kuin weaver, Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro to make some for us.

Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro, hand-woven bag-necklace for cell phone, 2018


The Kayapo from Mato Grosso and Para in Brazil design stunning necklaces with contemporary use of glass beads.