Yuṯa Baḏayala is a collaboration between traditional Yolngu weavers from Elcho Island Arts in Arnhem Land and Koskela. It is a long term project very close to our heart, which aims to provide Indigenous weavers with an additional stream of income from their work and to introduce new and compelling ‘art products’ into contemporary interiors. We feel really passionately that we have an obligation and a meaningful role to play in using our design skills to address some of the social issues that are around us.
We thought you might enjoy reading the story behind this beautiful lampshade and the journey it undertook to come into being. Many of you know about the Yuta Badayala collaboration that we have been working on with the wonderful weavers from Elcho Island. You may not know that Koskela and Mavis Ganambarr are finalists in an international exhibition called Love Lace which was set up by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
“I saw those lights from Elcho Island, and they were really good. Sasha from Koskela asked us if we wanted to do fabric design. My paintings would make good fabric design. For the Ngan’gikurunggurr durrmu means designs – designs that can be anywhere. We used to do drawing on the ground. We do them on the body too.” - Regina Wilson