Māgoa presents Garnier2, creative duo based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
First of all, hi and welcome to Māgoa. We are so glad to share such a talent with our online readers.
Could you quickly introduce yourself in a few short sentences. Who you are, what you do at the moment?
We are Klara and Gašper, second-year MA Fashion and Textile Design students from Ljubljana, Slovenia. For the past year, we have been working together as a creative duo named Garnir2.
How would you describe your beginnings in the creative field and what is the vision behind your collaboration?
Almost a year ago we started creating our own artsy-fashion fantasy mainly because fashion system seems too serious nowadays. We create stuff from our own clothes and things that lay around the house. We love readdressing gender norms and putting our own twists on normal everyday things.
Can you remember some of your earliest influences and what inspires you today?
We can find inspiration in literally everything even in the smallest things, so it’s hard to pinpoint down only one thing.
What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?
Paper shoes, literally.
Preparing for a new collection can be a long experience. You presented your latest one at the NTF Ko-Lab fashion show, which was held at the Museum of Architecture and Design. When did this one start, and where did the ideas for the pieces come from?
It was a process of 2-3 months. It all started with our fascination over The Countess of Castiglione. We were really inspired with her unusual, lavish lifestyle and her obsession over big gowns. Each piece was designed around a certain scenario happening in a hospital.
What is your approach to fashion design? How do you design as a duo of talented designers?
As we have said earlier, fashion industry seems too serious nowadays and that’s why we try to distance ourselves from that. We take a more humorous approach to everyday themes, objects and clothes. Working as a duo has been very beneficial for us, because this way we can build on each other’s ideas.
How would you describe your personal style as well as design aesthetic – do they correlate or are completely different from each other?
Klara’s personal style is quite similar to our design aesthetic, while Gašper’s is almost total opposite of what we do together. (Gašper) Garnir2 aesthetic is my alter ego, something I carry deep down in myself and is only shown through work. (Klara) Garnir2 reflects my personal style but intensified by a 100.
How did you develop your distinctive visual language which we see in your work today? Did you know it since the very beginning or was it more of a gradual process?
We have always had this vision inside ourselves, but we couldn’t properly express it until we started working together. At first it wasn’t as strong, but now we are quite certain about how we want to be presented through our work.
What describes your creative process? How do you get unstuck creatively?
Luckily we haven’t been stuck so far. The only things that are restricting us right now are time and money.
What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
We are always obsessing over a million different things. It is hard because not all of them are realistic and we wander in the fantasy world one too many times. We were recently obsessing over an idea of having a porcelain castle.
How much has social media impacted your work? What is your approach to this? Do you think that your social media presence helps in gaining commissions?
We think presence on social media is very important for a young person or brand staring in any art field. Thanks to our Instagram profile, we met some wonderful artists and even worked with some of them.
What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects you would like to share with us?
We are constantly working on our own personal projects and we also have some collaborations in the making.
Klara and Gašper, thank you very much for your time and answers. The best of luck with your career and upcoming projects.
Visit Garnir2’s Instagram.