Originally from the Isle of Man in the British Isles, Ealish Wilson lived in various countries from a young age. Her travels fed her appetite to create complex textile sculptures interlinking various aesthetic elements from her current and past contexts. Ealish grew up in a household where items were made such as pillows, curtains and clothing. During her teens and 20’s, Ealish was involved with the theater in costumes, make-up, and set design. In college, she was introduced to the notion that textiles could extend beyond the functional object by her professor Maxine Bristow, a prolific textile artist and writer.
From the UK to Japan to California, Wilson has fostered a passion and adaptability to the idea of place. A 2003-2005 to Japan through an Anglo-Japanese mentorship program for Textile Artists was particularly significant. For three months, she worked with Japanese textile artist Michiko Kawarabayashi in Kyoto. There she was literally lost in translation, with new visual and living references from language to food to tools. Embracing the daily challenges and integrating them into her work was pivotal for her practice as an artist.
Wilson has a Masters degree in design from the Scottish College of Textiles and a BA in Textiles and History from Chester University in the UK. Her work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout the Isle of Man, UK, USA, Japan, Germany, Dubai, and Poland. Her work has been featured at the Bankfield Museum in Halifax, UK and Move Museum in Hove, UK in 2004 and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan in 2005. In 2011, the Daiwa Foundation in London selected work for a group exhibition entitled "Small Bites" which traveled in 2012 to the Nagoya University of the Arts & Science in Nagoya, Japan and to Gallery Gallery in Kyoto, Japan. Locally, Wilson's textile constructions have been included in work shows in 2013 at the Sanchez Art Center and Asian Art Museum as well as in 2014 at the Berkeley Arts Center and in an exhibition curated by Gensler architects at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. In 2015, Wilson's work was included in the American Craft Council's San Francisco Show and at Red Dot Studios. In addition to receiving a 2003 travel grant through the Isle of Man Arts Council for Through the Surface and a 2003 Artist Residency through the Surrey Institute of Kyoto, Japan, Wilson has work in private and public collections including the Manx Museum's Contemporary Art Collection and Nottingham's Castle Gallery's Contemporary Textile Collection. Wilson currently lives and maintains here studio in San Francisco, CA.