Koskela unveils new First Nations fabric range in collaboration with new female artists from across Australia

Jul 15, 2022
  • Article by Online Editor

Purpose-led lifestyle brand Koskela has revealed a new range of fabrics featuring designs from five female First Nations artists, including Penny Evans, Jacinta Lorenzo, Raylene Miller, Lucy Simpson, Regina Wilson and members of art centre Jilamara Arts.

The new collection continues Koskela’s mission to bridge the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the contemporary design world.

Titled dali dyalgala, a Darug phrase meaning ‘to embrace’, the collaboration highlights the adaptability of First Nations art and provides new entrepreneurial opportunities and income streams for the featured artists. 

Beanbag featuring First Nations Fabric Range by Koskela.

Koskela founder Sasha Titchkosky says she is delighted to launch the range after almost three years in the making.

“This phrase, dali dyalgala, beautifully captures the meaning behind this collaboration, a coming together of female artists from across the country, whilst also paying respects and acknowledging our local language. dali dyalgala is a gesture of reconciliation, to embrace one another and work together to make positive change,” she adds.

The designs translate multidisciplinary artworks, ranging from weaving, sculpture and painting, into cloths that can be used to transform cushions, chairs, beanbags and more from the Koskela range.

Cushions featuring First Nations Fabric Range by Koskela.

For the launch, Koskela has produced a series of throw cushions using the new designs all available for purchase online and in-store at their new headquarters at Sub Base Platypus – a former submarine base and torpedo factory overlooking Sydney harbour. 

Koskela licensed the artworks/designs directly from the artists and art centres involved, taking the original works and developing a range of unique colourways for each, and worked closely with fabric suppliers Think Positive, Frankie and Swiss in realising the final cloths. 

First Nations Fabric Range by Koskela.

Photography by Nick DeLorenzo.

Located in North Sydney, Koskela is a design company selling furniture and homewares that nurture a meaningful connection with space.

By investing in diverse makers who share their beliefs, and focusing on natural materials and sustainable practices that embrace the circular economy, Koskela ensures all their products have a rich, rewarding narrative.

Koskela is a proud Certified B Corporation®, and Climate Active Carbon Neutral with a commitment to Absolute Zero carbon emissions (no offsets) by 2030.

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