Master weavers Mavis Ganambarr, with her daughter Verity Burarrwanga, and Judy Manany, with her daughter Sharon Djalambarr, partnered with Koskela on an exciting new design project launched at Ventura Lambrate, Milan in April 2014. Ventura Lambrate, the largest furniture fair in the world, was held during Milan Design Week. The Hoodie Integrated, a desk design product for which Koskela won an IDEA Award for in 2013, was presented in three formats at the event; Classic, Illustrated and Woven.
When approached by Sasha and Russel from Koskela with the new concept Mavis, Verity, Judy and Sharon jumped at the challenge, which included hours spent collecting and dying pandanas then painstakingly weaving the Hoodie frames- not to mention the logistics of getting the huge frames from Sydney to Elcho Island and back, then on to Milan!
Artists from Elcho Island Arts have been collaborating with Koskela since 2009 on the Yuta Badayala lampshade project. For more information on the Woven Hoodie Integrated contact Koskela, Sydney.