The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
— Nelson Henderson

 

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.

We are
committed to

  • 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

 
I thought it would be interesting to take our traditional Yolngu materials and use them on “Balanda” objects. We all thought this would be a good way to show a new audience what can be done by Yolngu artists with materials from the bush.
— Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr, a senior weaver from Elcho Island, on the Yuta Badayala project.
From our perspective, Yuta Badayala is one of the most personally rewarding projects we have undertaken. We feel extremely privileged to have been given an insight into the Yolngu culture and to have developed relationships with the wonderful weavers at Elcho Island Arts. The lights are so special as they are the embodiment of this culture and spirit and are filled with the stories and laughter of their makers.
— Sasha Titchkosky, Director, Koskela

Social Enterprise Projects

Yuta Badayala

Yuta Badayala is a collaboration between traditional Yolngu weavers from Elcho Island Arts in Arnhem Land and Koskela.

Tili Wiru

Tili Wiru is a range of lighting which is filled with the colour and exhilaration found in Tjanpi‘s traditional works.

Yarrenyty Arltere

Koskela collaborated with the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, resulting in a limited edition release of sixteen exclusive cushions.

Warlukurlangku - Artists of Yuendumu

In 2016 Koskela commissioned a series of vibrant hand-painted Christmas decorations by artists of Warlukurlangu, Yuendumu. Our aim was to create something Australian made that was not just beautiful but would also become part of your Christmas tradition.

Regina Wilson

We have loved collaborating with renowned indigenous artist Regina Wilson to create an exclusive fabric range. The fabric designs are based on Regina Wilson‘s intricate linear paintings depicting her weaving.

 

Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa

Koskela has proudly collaborated with Rosie Nangala Flemming from the  Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Yuendemu to create two very special pieces of stationery, a limited edition gift wrap and seeded gift tag.