Ealish Wilson is a textile designer and fibre artist creating bespoke sculptural textiles that showcase craft and materiality, from the US. Ealish is heavily inspired by fashion, photography, sewing and travel – using these influences to create whimsical architectural constructions. Her work contrasts old with new, layering constructed and deconstructed elements. She adores the creative process and is passionate about the art of making something new. Her personal touch is apparent in all of her work. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Ealish Wilson.
Image Credit: 1) Emiko Oye Reware 2) Lea Feinstein 3) Mel Rice 4) Flowers Brother and Sisters 5) Ealish Wilson
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I enjoy creating pattern through textile manipulation using traditional techniques such as smocking and pleating, adding a contemporary twist with colour and texture, usually finding a spot for red.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
MAKING, I always start with the making. Using the materials informs my process and helps me develop my work. Making helps me visualize my ideas.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Michiko Kawarabayashi – textile artist Japan. Some years ago I had the privilege of being mentored by Michiko, the experience changed my life. Michiko taught me how to live my practice ; it’s the everyday, from your work to the environment you create in your home. Her meticulous and methodical approach to creating taught me that taking the time, an almost meditative approach enhances your connection to a piece of work.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Travelling is a great source of creativity for me. I rely on my photo’s to find inspiration and transport me back to a wall or colour I found intriguing to spark an idea.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
The greatest impact is the privilege of travel and living abroad. This has exposed me to diversity and a variety of cultural experiences which inform my work on a daily basis. My advise is be open to opportunity, have dedication to your practise and be creative everyday.