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Ealish Wilson

Ealish Wilson - Design Bahn

"I simply adore the making! The complete journey, from ideas to final works. Sometimes it's a linear path, and then there are the marathons in which you create something quite unexpected—but that's creativity!"

Fiber artist and textile designer Ealish Wilson creates bespoke sculptural textiles that showcase materiality and craft. Her architectural and whimsical constructions are inspired by travel, fashion, photography, and traditional sewing techniques. Each piece contrasts the old with the new, building layers of constructed and deconstructed elements.

Making is not just an end point, but the very first step in the creation of each piece. Early samples, images, and textures are worked and reworked throughout the process. Materials are often converted to digital form, manipulated, and then returned to textile form to be meticulously finished by hand. The finished piece may feature many hours of smocking work or patterns carefully manipulated to trick the eye.

Ealish Wilson was very lucky to grow up on the Isle of Man in the British Isles. She studied textile art at Chester College and went on to receive a master's degree in textile design from The Scottish College of Textiles. Travel has played a huge roll in her creative process, in particular, travel to Japan. Her travels there prompted changes in her art life and how she looks at creativity.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Through the Surface, Nottingham, U.K, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 2004
Through the Surface, Japan, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 2005
Revealed , Nottingham, U.K, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 2005
Digital Treasures, Munich, Germany, Galerie Handwerk, 2008
Small Bites, London, U.K, Daiwa Foundation, 2011
Small Bites, Kyoto, Japan, Gallery Gallery, 2012
Feature, Berkeley, CA, USA., Berkeley Art Center, 2014