About the artist
Ailish has had over a decade of experience honing her field and developing her practice. 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 serving at Editor-in-Chief for MR X Stitch and columnist for textile art publication “Be Creative with Workbox”; having also written articles or had work illustrated in CRAFTS, Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Cloth Paper Scissors, Prima (online), Textile Artist (Online) and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.
2019 sees her opening a solo gallery at The Spring Knitting and Stitching show, at Olympia, London.
She has just designed a collection of works for The Kelvingrove Museum to celebrate their exhibition documenting Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings.
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.
Printed Textiles is her main focus. Using her original works, she develops them into digital files. A British based fabric printing company is then assigned to print the designs on her favoured cloth. Visit her galleries and shop to observe her ranges of Scarves, Lady-Chiefs, Pocket Squares and jewellery.
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 can be 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 home furnishings.
Ailish welcomes commissions, teaching and lecturing opportunities; please get in touch via her contact information.
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