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