As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor Ailish has been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Lectures, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Teaching commitments include The Knitting and Stitching shows and demonstrating on the Artist in Action stand at this event. Her first solo exhibition was in March 2016. Currently columnist for textile art publication “Be Creative with Workbox”; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online) and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art. A feature piece in Cloth Paper Scissors is to be published in early 2018.
Ailish has always possessed a sense of curiosity and a desire to look around each corner; thus her work continuously progresses in a carefully curated manner. She believes that her fine art training is a strong driving force and can often be observed, reflected in every sphere of her practice. Life experience is her biggest source of inspiration, which she interprets in both obvious and subtle ways; some of which are illustrated in her galleries on this website.
Recently she has widened her craft to envelope digital fabric printing. Taking inspiration from travels farther afield, observations and as previously mentioned, her own life experience; she paints and sketches ideas. Mixed media and stitch and pursued as desired; before scanning them into her computer. A British based fabric printing company is then assigned to print the designs on her favoured cloth. She then places this fabric within specially commissioned and sized wooden embroidery hoops, building them into brooches and necklaces.
As a practitioner she sees this as a crucial move forward; “one off” art can now be available for a wider audience to view and collect. Coupled with this, the fabric she prints serves as a durable catalogue of her design highlights.
Similar necklaces and brooches are made in Harris Tweed and Liberty Print fabric, focusing primarily on the ingenuity of British design.
She hopes in time to develop this area of her work into larger printed textiles, encompassing scarves and home furnishings.
Ailish welcomes commissions, teaching and lecturing opportunities; please get in touch via her contact information.
Read more about Ailish via the following links:
Article PDF's, Reviews and Interviews
http://www.mrxstitch.com/little-sew-sew/ (search through this website for more examples of my writing)