who are frilly industries?

Kirsty & Adrienne: by Lucas, aged 8

Kirsty & Adrienne: by Lucas, aged 8

Kirsty Hillyer & Adrienne Frances have worked in the arts sector for more than 20 years.

Our original focus was on participatory arts: working with all different kinds of people to explore an issue using creative activities.  We still do this, and if you're curious you can find out all about this work at We are Frilly


Building the Frilly empire

'Frilly' began as a play on our surnames - Frances and Hillyer.  Working with people in the arts, we got tired of everything having to be so serious and worthy, and we wanted to retain some emphasis on playfulness in our work which we believe the name 'Frilly' embodies.  (We also think it's quite hilarious, as we can both be subversive, challenging and unconventional - perhaps the antithesis of 'frilly'?!)

Throughout our careers we've revelled in opportunities to learn new creative skills - from operating Bertha (our laser cutter), to lampworking bright and bold glass pieces, to brushing up on our life drawing skills, to figuring out how to use iPads creatively in our workflow.  We've kept making and doing and tinkering and playing - and we finally decided we needed an outlet for all of these things.


and So:

Frilly Industries was born! 

Kirsty Hillyer

  • Rides a flourescent seahorse to work every day.
  • Owns two tigers and a donkey.
  • Has an overactive imagination.
  • Likes cheese.
  • Writes angry gig reviews.
  • Embraces her future as a crazy cat lady.
  • Occasionally sensible.


Adrienne Frances

  • Rapunzel wannabe with a love of pixie crops.
  • Club thumb.
  • Digitally dextrous.
  • Hates cheese.
  • Hates glitter.
  • Loves seamen.
  • Occasionally fun.


other team members

Lee Allen: Bearded boy scout with a camera.  Responsible for all photography across our site! Mostly patient.


Louis Jnr: Provides endless office kisses and ample amusement. Very needy. Believes he's a real boy. Smelly bottom.

we can both be subversive, challenging and unconventional