Ealish's work is a multi-layered process using a variety of substrates and techniques. She designs all the fabrics used in her work. Through continual manipulation she prints, draws, photographs and stitches, repeating this process to create multiple iterations and layers to her designs. Much of the process investigates pattern and its transformation through surface manipulation. Ealish uses many traditional hand methods of stitching such as pleating and smocking to physically alter her original designs.
Frequently her work starts in the digital realm, whether photographing an object or one of her own paintings, it serves as inspiration for new work. Many of her images are everyday scenes or objects of purpose that appear mundane but feature a beautiful shape or colour that’s a perfect jumping off point to create a textile. When a new idea for a new piece emerges, she rarely sketches, she simply starts making. The material is her sketchbook helping her to visualize ideas.
Celebrating time honored methods and combining them with digital processes Ealish creates a dialogue between the old and new, but the craft of making is the most precious part to her, the diligence to create, the perfection of a repeating, precise process, is her form of meditation.
Ealish was involved in 'Through the Surface', a collaborative Anglo – Japanese mentorship program for Textile Artists, here she spent a period of 3 months in Kyoto working with the Japanese Textiles Artist Michiko Kawarabayashi.
The Arts and Crafts movement and the aesthetic traditions from Japan have taught her about making time for creativity, the importance of quality and the honesty of imperfections. Japan showed her how to find creativity in something as simple as a plate or a piece of cloth: to see the art in the everyday.
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