Russel Koskela, owner of Koskela
Sasha Titchkosky, owner of Koskela
‘Sasha, I think your t-shirt is inside out’...
So began the trade with Koskela, a unique furniture ‘culture’ based in Sydney, an entity that sets the pace for the rest of the market. One of the projects they focus is called Yuta Badayala which is a collaboration between the Elcho Island Arts Weavers and Koskela. The project has seen the most beautifully woven lampshades created by the women of Elcho Island, using traditional techniques, stories and beliefs. Shooting twelve days in the Northern Territories of Australia with some of the most incredible Aboriginal people I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with, only allows for outcome. The greatest appreciation for Aboriginal art and culture.
The Pixel Trade was focused on capturing both photographs and film of the entire process involved in collecting the materials to produce the lampshades and all the experiences in between. Each step was a realisation into how much work goes into their art and the patience and dedication the women have. I was also fortunate enough to try the local cuisine of turtle eggs and mangrove warms... It’s all in the mind I told myself as the slimy grey snotty texture made its way down the pipeline.
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