Koskela believes that great design can be used to effect social change. When Sasha Titchkosky and Russel Koskela left corporate careers to create Koskela they wanted to create a company that represented their values and had a purpose bigger than the mere pursuit of profits. Koskela has a firm belief that Australia’s unique Indigenous culture is one that needs to be celebrated and acknowledged.
The way we have chosen to do this is to create opportunities for Indigenous artists and artisans to collaborate with us, using their skills to create new contemporary design products. This allows the artists to continue to live a life they have chosen to lead, maintaining their traditional practices by creating an alternate income source, independent of any Government funding.
We have been doing this since 2009 when we created Yuta Badayala with the artists from Elcho Island Arts. We now have collaborations with the Tjanpi weavers, Milingimbi Arts, Warlukurlangku Artists, Durrmu Arts and the artists of Yarrenyty Arltere.
To further the development of these opportunities, from 2017 onwards 1% of all Koskela product sales will go towards developing more of these products with additional Australian Indigenous communities.
- Work only with artists who are members of Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander owned and managed Art Centres
Conduct business according to the Indigenous Art Code, of which we are members
Provide art centres and artists with written agreements based on the 'best practice' samples provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia
Conduct business with Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander protocols in place
Uphold the cultural and intellectual property rights of the artist