Rainbird Collection with Artist Silk Roy & Kirrily Anderson


Words: Manuela Millan
Photos: Caitlin Mills
 

We had the pleasure to interview Silk Roy and Kirrily Anderson (Aka I and the others) two Melbourne based visual artists who collaborate to create different and interesting prints for Rainbird collection. 
Check out the collection here!


 

Silk Roy

I’d have to say spray paint. Nowadays it comes in every colour imaginable and your really only limited by your imagination.
— Silk roy
 

MM: Did you grow up in a creative household?

SR: No, but I’d always loved to draw when I was a kid. That being said the creative stuff only really became my chosen path after my exposure to Melbourne’s graffiti scene in ‘98 when I moved here. 

MM: When did you start doing street art?

SR: After my initial introduction to graffiti, I knew that I had to be a part of it, I was 13 at the time so I started running around with markers with my friends, but that was more about being a bored kid looking for some excitement. Eventually my attentions shifted to mural painting and I started painting seriously around 2007.

MM: What is your favourite medium?

SR: I’d have to say spray paint. Nowadays it comes in every colour imaginable and your really only limited by your imagination. It’s a forgiving medium and works very well the mixed media work that I now produce as part of my studio practice. 

MM: What informs the aesthetic behind Silk Roy? 

SR: Aesthetically I’m inspired by surfaces we find around the city. Particularly old walls that have seen layers of paint, bill posters etc and over time peeled back to reveal organic compositions of colour, shape and texture. I’ve developed a layering process to convey this idea, but my work as a whole is inspired by whatever I’m feeling or doing at the time, a track that I like, an idea that I’ve had. 

MM: How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t drawing/ creating?

SR: My work is very much my play as well, but I love hanging out with friends, beers on a rooftop listening to Wutang, exploring, eating all the food and traveling when I can.  

MM: I understand you like travelling, Where is your favourite place to go and why?

SR: I haven’t travelled nearly as much as I would have liked, but I’m pretty determined to change this! I have been lucky enough to have spent a couple of months in NYC, which was a life changing experience for me.

MM: Can you recommend a good restaurant or cafe?

SR: Milkboy in Cheltenham and Uncle & Jak in Fitzroy are my spots.

MM: What are your plans for the future?

SR: To keep doing what I’m doing with the same amount of passion and enthusiasm and travel whilst doing so! 

 

 

 Kirrily Anderson

: I’m inspired by people that live their creativity - David Bowie was an artist who never let his art define him.
— Kirrily anderson
 

MM: Did you grow up in a creative household?

KA: Creativity was always strongly encouraged in our house, with lots of colouring, drawing, making and baking going on. Growing up on a farm allowed for creativity to spread well beyond the house and I have many memories of inventing games and building cubbies all over the place. As I grew into my late teens the farm became a place where I could get creative with photography. My parents always supported my passion 100%.

MM: When did you start to draw

KA: Like most artists I was drawing from a very young age. I won my first drawing competition at age 5, so it was really onward and upward from there!

MM: What’s your favourite medium to do illustrations in?

KA: I love working with Copic Multiliner pens. The nibs are super fine and I can achieve the detail I love to create with these. I am still getting used to watercolour, but loving it the more I use it and I am also enjoying bringing in digital media at the moment - combining my illustrations with layers of watercolour texture which I manipulate digitally.

MM: What’s the most enjoyable part of doing what you do?

KA: I guess that it's varied. I've never liked doing the same thing for long. I've found a great balance now between commercial illustration, visual art, public art and graphic design. 

MM: Can you name an artist that inspires you?

KA: I'm inspired by people that live their creativity - David Bowie was an artist who never let his art define him. When inspired by a new direction he was never afraid to delve right into it and do something completely different. Right up until the very end, his death became a part of his art through his last album. He still wowed us, even after he had gone.

MM: I understand you like traveling, where is your favourite place to go and why?

KA: My favourite place is always the next place I'm going to because it's new and even when I think I know what to expect, I always find surprises and artistic inspiration! I'm not sure where is next, I'd like to see more of the western side of Australia.

MM: Can you recommend a good restaurant or cafe?

KA: I've recently moved from Melbourne to Chiltern in North East Victoria. It's a very small town, and has an amazing cafe in a beautiful old Masonic Hall. Hub 62 do amazing coffee, cakes and food and definitely rival my Collingwood and Fitzroy faves.

MM: What are the plans for the future?

KA: Days off! I think I've had about 6 or 7 days off in the last 8 months. I have set up a studio (Paper Trail Studio) here in Chiltern and am open to the public Thurs - Sun so balancing that with all my other creative work has made for a busy schedule. I have started running workshops from my studio and have plans for those to become more regular so that the studio may evolve into a bit of a creative hub. 

I'm looking forward to having time to explore North East Victoria more and start a new body of work inspired by my new surrounds.