Growing up around visual artists, Tilly developed the skills of drawing and sculpture and a keen passion for storytelling. In 2012, Tilly attended the National Art Schoolʼs intensive course in fine art painting techniques.
From a young age, she has been involved in film and theatre and the visual arts. In 2015, she wrote and directed the short film Mission Orange, which won the 2016 prize for Best Film at the Avalon Film Festival. Last year, her illustration was published in Rolling Stone magazine.
In 2016, Tilly assisted Costume Designer Tess Negroponte on Opera Australiaʼs production of Carmen. She also worked with puppet company Erth Visual & Physical Inc., based at Carriageworks, where she was able to explore her passion for puppetry. This year, she assisted Costume Designer Tess Schofield on the Sydney Theatre Companyʼs production of Secret River at Adelaide Festival.
In 2015, she travelled to Prague, Vienna and London, where she was involved in two works for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, as well as visiting other significant festivals and fine art galleries.
Tilly has completed both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Design for Performance at NIDA