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Ernabella X Koskela

Margaret attended school in Ernabella and later learnt all sorts of crafts including spinning woolrug making and knitting and making moccasins from kangaroo skins with oil designsIn the early 1970she learnt how to batikNowadaysMargaret lives at the old date farm just outside the community of ErnabellaMargaret has batiks held in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australiathe National Museum of Australiathe National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Her batiks designs are walka." In Pitjantjatjarathe word walka means any meaningful markfor example the patterns on a birds feathers or the markings on an animals coat or body markings for ceremonial purposesWalka draws on vast visual resourcesIt refers to leavescampswaterholesflamesfireplaceswitchetty grubstracksstony hills sandhillsclaypanscreek bedstreesflowersbirdseggswaterholes,  willy williesfeatherseyessnakestadpolessunmoonstarsmenwomenchildrencarrying dishesspearsdigging sticksgrassburrows – the whole of Anangu lifeThe visual vocabulary of walka is not purely representational nor is it purely abstractThe walka is best described as an iconographic marking

Koskela is deeply committed to using our design and production skills to empower Indigenous artists and makersWe are passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and are driven to promote and celebrate their practitioners through our collaborations. This is an original design by Koskela