As two boss ladies behind a thriving design brand, Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson work in exceptional harmony. From putting art on clothes at Electric Picnic to being invited to display their designs in Brown Thomas, these entrepreneurs really are ones to watch. 

And now with their first foray into fashion fully in swing, we'll soon have much more of their work to marvel at. 

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Starting as a design duo focused on illustration, print and fine art, Jill & Gill - made up of Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson - has recently entered the fashion world, merging their eye-catching and sharp design ethos with sustainable and feminist fashion. 

Most recently, their latest clothes collection was launched at Create in Brown Thomas, the annual showcase celebrating up-and-coming designers, and will be displayed until 10th August. While at the launch, we spoke to the team about their motivations, influences and what it's like to work together. Watch the video above. 

At the core of their newest collection is creative visionary and contemporary "obsessive" Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, renowned for her hypnotic "dot" paintings that have captivated people across the world. Both Jill and Gill cite her as a major inspiration, for her artwork and her innovative, resilient spirit. 

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"A lot of people might not know who she is, but if you are a fan of Instagram you've definitely scrolled past a feed that had one of her installations", Gill told us, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with Kusama's face. "She's one of the most profitable female artists living today and she's 90, so you can't get any better than that." 

"We like to pay homage to women that have gone through years of struggle in the creative field and now, the generation we're living in, we're getting great acknowledgement and great support and these women in their 90s are only getting it now", added Jill. 

Their collection is bold, colorful, hand-printed and uniquely illustrated with hero pieces hand-printed onto organic Japanese denim. Their ready-to-wear collection is hand-printed onto 100% vegan organic cotton and includes recycled polyester t-shirts and jumpers with distinct illustrations. What more could you want, fashionable sustainability at an affordable price? 

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But their graphic jumpers and t-shirts are not only aesthetically pleasing, they send out a message, that of breaking free from societal suppression. Each design tells a story. For example, they feature Panti Bliss - the iconic Irish drag queen and gay rights activist - on one of their designs.

They are politically minded, too, and their print designs bring a thriving and emblematic visual to Irish culture. According to Jill and Gill, "people feel more confident wearing their beliefs on their chest".

"Today's culture is so busy people don't have the time to sit down and sometimes talk about things. An easy way to say what you mean is to wear it but hopefully that slogan will spark a conversation. We are all for positive slogan."

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This collection makes total sense for the pair, allowing them to merge two interests in one. Henderson is a print-maker and Deering is a sketch artist and musician, so their work is a collaboration of their love for the arts. "e're always in sync" the duo said, almost at the same time. It seems that the pair have different talents and each compliment the other, as Gill says: "Our hobby turned into a business."

"At the start, we were hesitant because we wouldn't classify ourselves as fashion designers, but we then realized there's not much in the difference, it's just how you see it. Art is fashion and fashion is art", Gill said. 

Gill said that "art can kind of pigeon-hole people. If you don't understand it, it can be intimidating, you also need the money to buy it and the space to hang it. T-shirts are more universal. Fashion has a wider demographic". 

Gill Henderson was a picture framer and consultant and when Jill Deering wasn't on tour she was getting her artwork framed by Gill, it all took off from there. "Dublin is such a small place", Gill said, "when we started working together and creating art people would say to us 'we'd love to wear this' and that's how we began to create clothes", which in turn turned into a clothing line.

Their first design for Jill and Gill was a screen print of the cow, "that was really popular" Gill said. 

Their work is equally delegated. Jill is the illustrator and Gill is the print-maker. Together they work to create endless possibilities and beautiful pieces for everyone.

Boss ladies is the running theme of their work and it's no wonder when the two girls are bosses themselves, highlighted through their charisma, drive, and extraordinary creativity and eye for fashion. It's only a matter of time before people are wearing clothes with Jill and Gill's faces on them.