Which past experiences would you say have shaped your work, design sensibilities, & aesthetic?
It all started at NIFT, Precisely the final two semesters, When we started working on consolidating our projects and later progressed to the graduate collection, the portfolio development under the guidance of Professor Kavitha Saluja was something that changed our lives. In fact, that was the turning point. I believe the confidence we have is her gift. Also, we both started working together during the first semester of college. Soon we found that we kind of balance each other. We recognized our limitations and complemented each other. Eventually, throughout these years, we learned a lot from each other more than we learn from the others. The best part about being in the relationship was an instant second opinion.
Our first jobs gave us the idea about reality, also it helped a lot in understanding what not to do. I gained a lot of International exposure at Suketdhir while Ginu got a lot of exposure in couture and resources management at Am: Pm.
Above all Delhi played a major role in shaping us, as well as nurturing our creativity. It is one of the worst places to be in terms of living, but in contrast offers a lot of resources contributing to creative development like the abundance of textiles, artisans, and fashion labels.
Finally, at the London College of Fashion, we learned the value of collaboration. It gave us the confidence to approach people, work with them in broadening our perspectives. In terms of Consumers Knowledge, London is one of the best destinations to observe, study, and identify the customer we are planning to cater, especially when your classroom window opens to the streets of one of the busiest shopping districts in the world.
Talking about aesthetics, it has always evolved and will keep evolving. It never stops, every day we have a different perspective, as we learn more it keeps developing and evolving. It's very different from what we were before and will be different to that we are now and it must. But a few elements in our work keeps it all connected. One such element is the "human element".
As you might have noticed the works that we sent you are very different from each other, This is because we are in a phase of learning at the moment. And at least for the next 5 to 10 years we want to keep doing and experimenting with all possible materials and crafts across the globe.
What are your personal philosophy and social beliefs in life?
To be as sensitive as possible. And to not hurt anyone knowingly.
What’s your personal style?
We don't have a style of our own at the moment. I believe it is the time of life to be open and free to try and do different styles. Let's say Still in a learning phase. Even we are excited to know where this is taking us.
What inspires your work?
Process inspires us. Both the process of learning and making.
What is your vision for your craft?
Frankly speaking, our vision keeps evolving. As we move forward our bigger picture gets even bigger. To gather a group of individual craftsmen (both Traditional and Contemporary) working collaboratively under one label. More like a Multicultural cooperative.
Who are your favorite artists in your field of work?
Jean-Paul Goude (Photography)
Bruse Nauman (visual artist)
Maria Blaisse (sculptor)
Maison Margiela (fashion)
Craig Green (fashion)
Your favorite travel destination & why?
Your favorite book, film, activity - that motivate & inspire you.
Book: Emergence of form by Maria Blaisse, As Goude As It Gets,
Film: The Fall, Tree of Life, Fantastic Mr Fox, Darjeeling Express
Activity: Fabric Sourcing
Music: Antony and the Johnsons, Pink Floyd, Jacque Brel
Tell us something about your brand.
Two and Quarter (future brand). Where TWO is both of us and Quarter is our pet dog, Kai.
Purpose: Working in Community. Eventually creating a group of individuals and master craftsmen from around the globe collaboratively working to create products of high design and craft quotient.
What value are you trying to create through your work?
High craft and design quotient.
Transparent work culture.
Giving back to the community