We are Jill & Gill
Jill & Gill is an Irish brand of illustrators and printmakers working across design, fashion and fine art. This multidisciplinary studio is made up of creative duo Jill Deering ‘illustrator' and Gillian Henderson ‘printmaker’.
Went to NCAD back in 2002 to study graphic design – art was a career I always saw myself doing, but ended up leaving college having a very different outlook on art and if that was really for me – then took a completely different direction and went into music – had a career in that for 9 years playing for James Vincent McMorrow and touring the world, and then Art found its way back into my life and it’s better than I could have imagined. It happened organically, the right way.
Creativity has always played a big part of my life. As a child my earliest memories are of my mum working on the Christmas windows of Arnotts, then as one of the hundreds of kids she taught me arts and crafts all through primary school. After my leaving cert (FYI I never opened my results for the fear) but I went on to do a diploma in Interior Architecture and progress to do to an Hons Degree in 3D Design (Product & Furniture) in Ulster University.
‘The heart of everything we do is based on a synergy of both our practices’
How we met:
Jill & Gill started back at the end of 2016, we met because Jill was looking to screen print an illustration and Gillian was referred to her through Hang Tough. We met up, printed the illustration and got on so well. Straight away there was an appreciation for what the other could do and we both saw the endless possibilities of what we could do if we collaborated together. Shortly after that we got to work on a print commission together for Tall Boy Projects and things just took off from there. We are both extremely supportive of the other, we believe failure is part of the process, accept it and worry about the solution not the problem. Energy is best spent figuring out how to be happy not trying to run away from your fears. We always say feel the fear and do it anyway. You will be at least happy you faced it. This work ethic has stood to us and is what makes Jill & Gill stand out from other illustrators and printmakers. We like to step outside the box, challenge ourselves but never be fearful to ask for help.
‘Our work isn’t just about collaborating together, there’s a huge amount of trust and honesty between us’ - Jill & Gill
Funny fact, after working together for nearly 5 months we only realised we have the same birthday! We are both Geminis….so that may explain a few things, there’s technically four people in this business. LOL!
Awards & Achievements
March 2019 | New collection of Jill & Gill Apparel featured at The Arc Fashion Show, RDS in aid of Cancer services.
January 2019 | Most Creative Apparel & Fine Art Brand 2019 & Distinction Award for Sustainable Products (Irish Enterprise Awards)
October 2018 | Jill & Gill (Gillian Henderson) nominated for 30 under 30 award.
September 2018 | Designers in conversation with Eddie shanahan as part of Design Week
August 2018 | Jill & Gill first pop up shop, based in Portobello and ran for 3 weeks.
July 2018 | Selected as one of 30 Designers to showcase at Brown Thomas CREATE 18
July 2018 | Bulmers Ireland feature What 100% Irish means to Jill & Gill.
July 2018 | 25 people defining Irish culture right now RTE.ie
June 2018 | Solo show in SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin. ‘Formation’ collection
May 2018 | ‘Our Life in Fashion’ feature in May issue of Irish Country Magazine.
May 2018 | REPEAL conversation with fellow artists about how art can enable change and conversation.
May 2018 | Offsite Talk with GLUG Dublin.
March 2018 | Jill & Gill X Brown Thomas, Art & Style window.
March 2018 | House and Home Magazine article on women owning it in Irish Design, craft and illustration.
November 2017 | Halftone Print Exhibition Library Project Group Show
November 2017 | Jill & Gill Apparel launch. Pop up Shop for One night only, Pot Belied Pig, Rathmines
October 2017 | Iris Collection runner up in Personal illustration award category for IDI award.
August 2017 | Jill & Gill Iris print used as Iris Apfel Facebook Header. Reach: Followers 159K Liked by 2.2K
June 2017 | Toast of the Town Award: In recognition of the amazing work you have done so far and to show support for your very bright future ahead.
April 2017 | The collaborative studio Jill & Gill, made up of illustrator Jill Deering and printmaker Gillian Henderson, launch the business with a solo a show.
April 2017 | OFFSITE Talk with Becks Keativ.
March 2017 | Image Interiors Interview Women to Watch 2017
Aug 2016 | Jill & Gill x REPEAL Project. Fine art print launched in conversation with Anna Cosgrave founder of REPEAL project at Peachy Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery and studios.