Koskela & Kitchen By Mike have teamed up this festive season to offer a very special Christmas celebration perfect for collegues or friends. Take advantage of a creative workshop space and festive gourmet dining available under one roof, and book in for a unique and effortless event.
Koskela’s growing! The first big change that we’re announcing is the launching of our much-awaited online store THIS MONTH! Featuring a carefully curated selection of small goods for the website, you can expect to find rugs, bedding, lighting, kids, accessories, jewellery, books, bathroom, kitchen, garden, cleaning, ceramics and more. We’re endeavouring to make this collection very considered:
We aim to give customers a small window into the sorts of products we stock at Koskela, the values we hold, such as sustainability and social enterprise as well as our support for local Australian designs and craftspeople. We will now be able to deliver Koskela-designed products to a wider audience and, through our collaborations with local designers who are designing custom products exclusively for Koskela, to have a very special, unique offering for our lovely customers.
Soon, you won’t have to be in Sydney to enjoy shopping Koskela’s offerings!
Keep an eye out HERE for our store to go live, and subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you’re up to date on the launch.
*Please note – we are only able to ship within Australia for now.
If you love our beautiful Sydney, you’ll be friends-at-first-sight with out next (very kid friendly) exhibition. Koskela is proud to be hosting an exhibition of the 26 artworks created for Alphabetical Sydney, a picture book collaboration between architect/illustrator Antonia Pesenti and playwright Hilary Bell.
Published by New South (released in October 2013), Alphabetical Sydney uses the alphabet to structure a unique exploration of the city; breadth and diversity, its breathtaking romance and mundane reality (Renovations! Parramatta Road!).
The book will be launched at the exhibition opening, and throughout the exhibition a fun activity asks kids to use their imagination to connect letters and images together.
Alphabetical Sydney is a unique book – an unusual collaboration between two friends from different artistic disciplines, who found a common canvas in the city they grew up in, left, returned to, and love.
See more about Alphabetical Sydney here.
Book and exhibition launch
All Welcome / Sat 2 Nov / 2 – 3.30pm
Drinks, Nibbles and Cookies
2 November – 1 December 2013
Artworks for sale.
(02) 9280 0999
85 Dunning Ave, Rosbery, NSW 2018
Open during showroom hours
Get crafty while helping others? Buy a new book of inspiration and enjoy some free goodies? Win-Win-Win-Win!
Beci Orpin’s big weekend at Koskela this Sat & Sun just got sweeter. Beci’s donating 25% of Saturday’s workshop profits to the Red Cross Fire Appeal AND the first 10 book purchases during the Sunday book launch, starting at 2:00 come with fantastic goody bags with treats from Note Maker,Bloom Cosmetics, Bahati Coffee and Kesterblack! Don’t miss it!
FOREVER CACTUS WITH BECI ORPIN
// Saturday 26th October :: 1o.00 – 12.00pm / age 16+
Cost: $70.00: all materials provided, 25% of Bookings Donated to Red Cross
Info & Booking
CORK COASTERS WITH BECI ORPIN
// Saturday 26th October :: 12.30 – 2.30pm / age 16+
Cost: $70.00: all materials provided, 25% of Bookings Donated to Red Cross
Info & Booking
BOOK LAUNCH: “HOME” by BECI ORPIN
// Sunday 27th October :: 2:00 – 3.30pm / FREE
Meet the Author, Book Signings, and goodie bags for the first 10 purchases
Get a last look at “Colour Assembly I” in the Gallery
Koskela Gallery // 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018
Handmade Rugs from Argentina
Pampa is the word used in Latin America to describe the open plains. Each of these textiles,woven art pieces, are “unique products handcrafted within native communities of South America, people endowed with great knowledge, art, technique and humility.”
Although each rug takes roughly 6 weeks to make on a handmade loom near the artist’s home, is a precious manifestation of the entirety of their traditional, rural lifestyle. Raising and shearing sheep, hand spinning wool, collecting natural dyes from their environment, dressing the yarns, constructing a loom, carefully weaving and crafting produces a textile of this quality.
The partners and best friends behind PAMPA, Vicky and Carlyon, one from Australia, one from Argentina, have used their unique position between both cultures to redeem a traditional craft, explore their heritage, and preserve and share the findings through their gorgeous photography and a stunning collection of rugs and throws. You’ll find a majority of their one-off range here at Koskela.
Through Pampa’s initiative, a form of civilisation is enabled to continue through fair trade practices, which provide a sustainable income. Much like Koskela’s own work with Indigenous Australian cultures, a traditional way of living is enabled while the beautiful product bridges the divide from the artist’s world to our own. When you purchase living proof of tradition, you’re doing more than adding to your home: you’re uniting heritages.
If you hadn’t noticed, their photography is as stunning as the rugs. And there are mountains more photos on their website to enjoy.
Beci Orpin’s exhibition, “Colour Assembly I”, opened in our gallery last weekend and we’re smitten with the collage of vibrant hues, spontaneous lines, and layered whimsy that she’s created. We chatted to Beci about this body of work and about her new book titled “Home”, which will be launched here on Oct 27th. ( She’ll be getting hands-on and sharing some of the projects from her book, hosting a workshop on Oct 26th!)
Koskela: What are your references for this exhibition?
B: This exhibition was quite different from others I have put together in past. Although I am always collecting references from around the place, the inspiration for this exhibition actually came from pages I created in my sketchbook. I am a keen keeper of sketchbooks – it’s where I experiment with ideas and mediums and stick in things that I like, but often when I translate this to a finished piece, it doesn’t seem to achieve the same spontaneity and freedom. I wanted to see if I could do that with the work for this show.
K: We love the experimental and freeform nature of this show. What have you learned or discovered through this process?
B: I learnt that I am not very good at creating something which looks spontaneous! I love clean lines and order too much. I think the collages are the works which are most successful in achieving what I set out to create, and working with the plywood on a big scale, and thinking about the positive and negative aspects of it was a fun new thing to do. I was really happy with how the whole show came together.
K: Which parts of the work will you develop further for Colour Assembly II? How do you see this new process progressing?
B: For “Colour Assembly II” I am using the negative shapes of the ply cut outs – so the pieces which have been removed. They will be in similar format – upright and stacking and leaning against one another, but it’s a bit trickier as the space they are going in at Craft Victoria is the complete opposite to Koskela – small and confined, and with no walls as it’s a window space. Each set of work (hopefully) compliments the space because they are opposite.
K: We love the laser cut wood pieces! Did you enjoy working this way?
B: Yes – was so fun! I have often worked with laser cut wood in the past – I like that is translates clean vector lines onto an organic material. The Koskela space gives opportunity to work on a bigger scale, so I tracked down an industrial laser cutter with a huge bed capable of cutting big pieces.
B: I am a bit of closet ornithologist, but actually the birdhouses I made were for an exhibition here in Melbourne titled “The Cuckoos’ Nest” which was curated by artist Tai Snaith. All the participants were invited because if their love of birds (and were all female too). The exhibition theme was based around nesting, so these were my version of bird’s nest, or what a bird’s nest would look like in my imaginary graphic world. They were the precursor the work I did for this show, so it seemed right to include them as well.
K: What can people expect to find in your new book?
B: It’s called ‘Home’, and is like an expansion on the Home chapter from my first book “Find and Keep”. I was lucky enough to take photos of lots of my friends’ houses – all which inspire me, and then of course there are 25 DIY projects of things to make for your house too. Some of the projects are a little more complicated than in “Find and Keep”, but there are still a few simple ones included too.
K: Are the projects in your book en extension of your artwork, or another vein of your creativity? What’s the relationship between book writing and art-making for you?
B: Everything I do is completely connected. Every job or exhibition piece or book project all start at the same place and undergo the same design process, but the applications of the ideas are adjusted for the different end result. So I would say the projects from my book are definitely an extension of my artwork, or an extension of all my work really. Writing on the other hand is quite different – especially when it needs to sound like me. That was the hardest part of making the books! But it is nice to share how you make something with an audience, and also makes me think about it too, instead of it all being completely intuitive. That has been a nice thing to experience as well.
K: Our motto is “Follow your heart, Trust your judgment, Do it with Joy.” What brings YOU joy?
B: So many - seriously I could list joyful things all day! My kids and husband Raph – such a cliché but they really are the best fun and put everything in perspective for me. Also my so-called job – really love it! I feel totally lucky to do something which makes me feel very happy and satisfied everyday. Some others: Dick Bruna books, coconut ice-cream, playing with colour, nice emails from random people, Raph’s food, my cats, getting 8hrs sleep in a row, riding my bike, my friends, change of the seasons…. etc. etc.
85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018
Sept 14 – Oct 28, 2013
“Home” workshop with Beci Orpin // Oct 26 – bookings open soon
“Home” by Beci Orpin launches // Oct 27 - stay tuned for details
This exhibition is an associated event of Art and About Sydney 2013
Get the kids using their creative brains and having a heap of fun (and out of the house) over the upcoming school holidays! We have some great workshops planned – some new ones, some repeats of favourites – for both boys and girls from 6-16. We love having the kids visit and hope your little artists will join us!
Kids: Introduction to Lomography
// Wed, 25 Sept / 10.00 – 12.30pm / age 6-12 / $60.00
Kids: Playful Puppets with Lisa Holzl
// Wed, Sept 25 / 2.00pm – 4.00pm / age 7-12 / $60.00
Kids: Design your own Skateboard with Sonny Day
// Tues, 24 Sept / 10.00 – 1.00pm / age 10-16 / $90.00
// Tues, 1 Oct / 10.00 – 1.00pm / age 10-16 / $90.00
Kids: Build your own Konstructor Camera (Lomography)
// Wed, 2 Oct / 10.00 – 1.00pm / age 11-16 / $95.00
Just in case you hadn’t put it on your calendar, Father’s Day is just around the corner. If your dad or a guy in your life needs celebrating, we have great gifts that would suit perfectly. We rounded up all our most masculine (actually, just the coolest items) in the in showroom to make shopping a snap. Send him out to the garden, grab him a brew kit to brew his own beer, buy him a great book to read while he sips, then get him all cleaned up with all the body products he could ever need! (We even have moisturiser with Wormwood in it! Totally Dad-worthy)
Beer Making Kit – $80
Wallet – $80, $100
Woolly Pocket – $25+
Books – $45 – $79.99
Leather Washbag – $312
Shave Gel – $15.95
Skin Cream – $22
Beechwood Shave Brush – $25
Badger Hair Brush – $99
Aftershave – $22
Wormwood Absinthium Cream – $15
Shaving Cup with Soap – $141
Body Wash Coconut – $27.95
Daily Moisturiser – $29.95
Face Wash – $27.95
We love a good sale, and we’re sure you do too. Don’t miss our Spring Clean Sale this weekend!
It’s going to be MASSIVE: rugs, stools, props, kids, kitchen, ottomans, books, jewellery, Lomography, craft, blankets, gardening, candles, one-offs, bits, bobs, treasures, wood, leather, paper, fluoro, fancy, quirky….heaps of treasures. There’s even things that would be great for your Father’s Day gifts!
Saturday Aug 24 // 9am-4pm
Sunday Aug 25 // 10am-4pm
In the Workshop Space
While you’re here, don’t miss the white-hott opening of Rachel Castle’s newest collection of FLORA paintings. 10 large scale works created especially for Koskela will be on display. Each work includes a gorgeous oak frame and will be for sale at $2450. Works can be purchased both in the showroom and via phone sales (02 9280 0999) from 9am on Saturday 24 August.
Keep an eye on Rachel Castle’s facebook page to catch a glimpse of the rest of the paintings that will be on display.
FLORA by Rachel Castle
85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery 2018
Aug 24 – Sept 9, 2013
The leading design festival, Sydney Design, is on again at the Powerhouse and we’re thrilled to be a part of the excitement. Our minds went into overdrive when we first learned the theme for this year. Collectively, through events, lectures, workshops and exhibitions, Sydney Design ponders: “Can clever design transform, replenish and restore the well-being of our world?” This annual festival aims to deconstruct our thoughts around design; it’s an overhaul, a “design re-think”. Design plows along; creating, progressing and inventing, sometimes requiring that designers put their heads down to plow through all the hurdles that the creative process inevitably brings. Sydney Design is a chance to look up and peer down the path and make sure we’re all working in a good direction, and more importantly, working together towards the same goals. (info from the Sydney Design Highlights program)
So, time to drop everything and get a breath of fresh air in the design world!
We’re hosting a workshop as part of the program, and we’re super excited about it! Rizzeria Printing is on over two weekends. What is Rizzeria, you ask? We thought you might want to know more, so we thought we’d share the inside scoop.
The Rizzeria collective makes cheap, interesting, and beautiful short-run printing available to the creative community of Sydney. Appropriately with the theme of the festival, the people that are drawn to them are often “those who are trying to make a difference in society, and we help to facilitate this through our services.”, according to the Rizo printer’s caretaker, artist and zine maker, Leigh Rigozzi. The Riso printer, which looks like a photocopier that cuts and prints through stencils, is made by the same company that makes the Gocco printers, which used to be popular in Japan as a way to print greeting cards and stationary at home. Riso printing was a popular form of commercial printing a couple of decades ago.
The Riso printer is a bit of a DIY system that has had an underground resurgence popularity as people are clinging to nostalgic and analogue technologies. Much like the love of vinyls and turntables has taken a rise, the Riso printer has a “certain roughness to it that is endearing” that is lost in digital printing, Leigh says.
In Koskela’s workshops with Leigh, he’ll explain more of the history and process and then let you have a crack at printing your own work! Participants are more than welcome to bring some of their own artwork to print. Leigh recommends you bring hard copies of your poster, zine or other design but each colour will need to be separated out onto individual pages, as the printer prints one colour at a time much like screen printing. (PDFs are ok too, but print-outs are best.) Don’t miss a unique chance to experience a new type of printing that is popular among musicians, activists, designers and festivals.
Book in online and be part of Sydney Design 2013!
Other noteworthy things that are happening as part of the festival includes world class talks, such as world class architects and a Design re-think lecture series, several informative and hands on Edible Walls talks, pop-ups where you can meet the designers (such as Emily Green and Maricor/Maricar who have both been involved here at Koskela) to find unique treasures, walking tours to see studio spaces or Sydney’s iconic treasures, and of course, amazing workshops. There’s even an Instagram challenge to get involved with, especially if you’re not local!