Georgia spent an afternoon surrounded by paints, scarves and Boat Hobes with designer, Emily Gilllis.
G: Tell us about ‘Same Silks’, how did it come about?
E: ‘Same Silks’ is a collaboration between my good friend Sam and I. We were both sick of being on a computer constantly, and it’s so nice to just get the paints out and mess around. It started when we were both living together in New York, Sam was working at an Agency and I was at RoAndCo.
Sam’s artwork is very fluid and loud and one night we experimented doing butterfly prints for one of his album covers. We scanned them and thought, hang on- we could probably do a lot with this! So we continued working with paint and mark making. Our styles are quite different, I’m very minimalistic, and he is much more out there, we had to find a balance between both of our styles. It’s funny how it worked out. We’ve printed on scarves and now we are looking to print them onto different formats - next up is neckerchiefs. I suppose when we first started ‘Same Silks’ we thought it would be more like art for the home, which is why we developed the 1m x 1m silk.
G: Did you love living in New York?
E: I loved my time there, but I’m not sure if I could live there permanently. I found it hard to have a balance in New York; it’s pretty intense. I guess the fact I was living there with five boys probably didn’t help! It was a fun time, but certainly full on.
G: You’re also working at an Interior architecture firm, how do you juggle your time between ‘Same Silks’ and working at the firm?
E: It’s a juggle! But I am really enjoying my role at the firm, working with the architects and designers, I’m learning so much. Same Silks started off as a day or two per week while I was freelancing last year. When I began working at the firm, Same Silks started being produced out of hours.
G: What’s your favourite thing to do in Melbourne?
E: I love to have a drink at Gerald's Bar on Rathdowne Street as it's always busy but has such a relaxing feeling. I also love to have picnics on the nature strip outside my house in North Carlton on a sunny afternoon. It's all about switching off as I have so much screen time, so getting out and away from the computer for part of each day is becoming really important to me.
For more on Emily visit emilygillis.com and @emilygillis