about the art
My practice has recently been focused on the cross-overs between ecology, community and textile art. I am interested in processes, the materials which we use and how we relate to them, and how creation can bring people together through shared and diverse interests and know-how. Creating is an active and vital relationship with what is; with each other, our environment, and what is going on inside of us. It is necessarily on the edge of the known
but also a realization of communion. For me, whether drawing, weaving, experimenting with natural dyes, or simply observing, this active relationship with something true can be meditative, and feels more necessary than ever. I hope in my journey as an artist to discover this again and again, within myself and with others, always new, always learning.
about the artist
Ashleigh Ellis is from Cork, where she now lives and works. She graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011, and completed a MEd with the Open University in 2017 in which she undertook research about young artists identity and self-esteem. She was a residential Art Teacher in the U.K. for four years in an international Krishnamurti school where she developed inquiry-based, multidisciplinary curriculum, taught Human Ecology, and was a Curriculum Coordinator.
She is now employed by Helium Arts, advocating creative practices as a way for young people living with illness to be empowered and live full lives. Past exhibitions include the Engage Studios annual member show, Body and Soul music festival, the Sarah Walker Gallery Graduate Show, Re:Collection, Cork School of Music. Her work is held in public collections at MTU and the Cork School of Music, and by many private collectors.
- Master of Education, Awarded Distinction for Children and Young Peoples Worlds E807, The Open University 2014 – 2017
- Higher Diploma in Arts for Art and Design Teaching, Second Class Honours, Grade 1, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology 2011 – 2012
- Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology 2007 – 2011
- Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa portfolio course, Cork 2006 – 2007
Body and Soul Festival 2012
Engage Studios annual member show, Galway 2014
Clonakilty Art and Craft Show, Co. Cork 2013
Sarah Walker Gallery Graduate Show, Castletownbere 2011
Degree Exhibition, Crawford College, Cork 2011
Re:Collection Cork School of Music 2010
Bounce Old Tax Office, Georges Quay, Cork 2010