Tili Wiru [Beautiful light]

Tili Wiru is a lighting collaboration between Koskela and the Tjanpi weavers. It’s an additional Koskela social impact project and builds on the success of the Yuta Badayala collaboration we developed with the weavers from Elcho Island Arts.

Tili Wiru is a range of lighting which is filled with the colour and exhilaration found in Tjanpi‘s traditional works.  The collaboration was a real labour of love for us, three years in the making, and launched in 2012.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers was set up by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in 1995 and is a social enterprise providing an income source for hundreds of women who go out bush, collect their local grasses (or Tjanpi) and weave them into baskets and sculptures and now lighting.These are words from some of the weavers about Tjanpi and what it means to them:

“What better kind of work is there?…
It is strong and important work. We are happy doing it.
— Paniny Mick

As with the Yuta Badayala lighting range, each lampshade is unique and what is woven onto the frame is entirely determined by the weaver. Some of the lampshades feature handmade beads, native grasses and raffia. We love their exuberance and they are sure to bring a smile to any room in which they’re featured.

It’s the same way when we make Tjanpi work, sitting around with family and sharing stories. Sometime joking around, sometimes talking serious, but always sharing stories. Family is where we learn from each other and how we hear all the news.

— Jennifer Mitchell