Bor­neo pride

> This pair of iden­ti­cal twins may be worlds apart in per­son­al­ity but they share a pas­sion in in­spir­ing oth­ers through art

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foun­da­tion of ev­ery­thing; the struc­ture of it. And I’m the one who helps you make things hap­pen (laughs). Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion for your sta­tionery? R: It’s very ran­dom. It can be from the things we see on­line, on our hol­i­days and trips, or even con­ver­sa­tions with friends. Ba­si­cally any­thing in­ter­est­ing and that makes us think and re­flect. M: We’re pretty much thinkers. We think about ev­ery­thing and try to spread good vibes through our prod­ucts. We want them to be positive and em­pow­er­ing.

How well do you work to­gether? M: We work to­gether for the de­signs. Rachel holds the brushes while I vec­torise the de­signs and con­vert them into dig­i­tal art­work. R: It needs a lot of un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Mak­ing plans and achiev­ing them to­gether work but she is a lot more de­tailed than I am es­pe­cially with de­sign­ing. M: Rachel is the or­gan­ised one when it comes to the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects of the busi­ness. R: But hon­estly, I don’t think we are that dif­fer­ent. It’s just that when I feel like it, you (Mar­i­lyn) don’t feel like it, and vice versa. So we have zero of that tele­pathic con­nec­tion that peo­ple be­lieve twins have. M: Yeah, we don’t think that (twin telepa­thy) is true.

From your web­site, Flint & Steel Bor­neo is clearly sell­ing more than just sta­tionery. What is the big idea? R: Ba­si­cally, what we re­ally want to achieve is to in­spire the peo­ple in Kuching and the peo­ple around us, that en­deav­ours like th­ese can hap­pen. There are very few start-ups in Kuching es­pe­cially those that are full­time, and we want to be the few who prove that it is pos­si­ble. You don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to look out and bring in big brands.

Mar­i­lyn (left) and Rachel don’t be­lieve they have twin telepa­thy but they are as tight-knit as any two sis­ters can be.

Flint & Steel Bor­neo’s plan­ners and note­books are ap­peal­ingly sim­ple in de­sign.

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