"We see fashion not only as clothing, but as an entire embodiment of visual emotions. It is the combination of things and feelings, looking for undiscovered emotions and tastes... "
What are your roots? Where are you from?
We both are from Latvia. Mārīte is from rural village in Vidzeme called Vaidava, Rolands is from Riga.
Describe your personal style as an artist. Also, do you like to dress up or you prefer expressing yourself through your pieces?
We have no desire to be very visible. It is important for us to have our style of clothing balanced, harmonious, simple, minimalist, comfortable and practical (for work). At the same time we want our clothing to be philosophical and deep, so that it expresses our viewpoint, position and attitude towards specific things.
Where do you find your inspiration?
It depends. Sometimes our approach is influenced by an empty kitchen, dull elements, a moment captured in a hundredth of a second. Sometimes we are influenced by strong personalities who are able to be who they actually are, and are not afraid of being misunderstood; the ones who welcome the challenge of breaking conventions, thus having inconceivable input in the future.
We get inspiration from anything we find true, alive and unpredictable.
What is your creative process: do you sketch at first, listen particular music, collaborate with other artists, etc.
It is very difficult to define it, almost every time it’s different. Mostly everything starts with the visual vision that creates the emotion which seems important at that particular moment.
The sound and music plays a very important role for inspiration. Music means a lot to us – it is physically invisible space with its message that we find and get while searching for something new. Sometimes music gives a very important impulse, the first little sprout to what will be a significant direction of culture and lifestyle after one or two years. Music serves us as inspiration, as a complement to the story, as well as a background for our working process.
It is a very important and pleasant process of the collection for us. It forms a considerable part and direction of our art. Through this visual language we tell the story about and around clothes, set design, sound, etc. Each collection has a different story, therefore the way of expression depends on a story and inspiration. To create photography, video projections and installations we mostly collaborate with artists and professionals of various fields. We really like to collaborate because good quality and skills are important to us.
Your artistic statement:
To be true to ourselves, to what we create.
It is important for us that fashion is as an art of science, as a visual platform that discovers more and more new space.
We see fashion not only as clothing, but as an entire embodiment of visual emotions. It is the combination of things and feelings, looking for undiscovered emotions and tastes, and there are various tools we use for finding it - set design, sound, photography, sculpture, coincidences, misunderstandings, and culture. That's what we want to emphasize in our works. Our aim is to make impossible possible.
Where do you shop for your fabrics and other materials?
We cooperate with the best manufacturers from Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Lithuania.
Do you have favorite artists, designers, scientists, writers, politician etc?
There are many names. Some of them are: Terrence Malic and David Linch, Jacques Tati, Philippe Quesne, Gregory Crewdson, Erwin Olaf, Tom York, Nick Cave, Spike Jonze, Bill Viola, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda, Edward Hopper, Jun Takahashi, Michael Jackson and quantum physicist Andris Ambainis.
Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
Our ambition is very big! We see MAREUNROL'S as a very successful and happy tandem of designers in the world’s fashion industry.
What moves you?
Aim, visions and ideas, and the things that maybe were not properly expressed in previous works thus there is this will to express them better and more precisely.
Your favorite color, why?
We don’t have one, we have diplomatic attitude towards colors.
Your favorite place on Earth:
Home, Latvia,Vaidava. Latvian environment.
Your dream place:
These are the places where we have never been, from Patagonia to Canada / Alaska, or from the Golden Coast in Australia to polar nights of Scandinavian North.
What can make Earth a better place in terms of environment, energy and peace?
People's attitude towards each other, the attitude to themselves. More knowledge that would lead to a greater understanding of each other. Greater respect and self-esteem both to ourselves and the others. The ability to accept different opinions, tastes, ways of thinking and cultural expression. People would appreciate a lot more of what has already been given to them and would be aware of what they are able to achieve with goodness. Maybe then everyone will be much happier and contented! Maybe we are too naive:).
If you had an opportunity what would you change about the world? How can your vision, your creations can impact our surrounding?
Through our work we express our identity - who we are and what is the place we come from. We try to inspire and talk to people from our country and globally. Any little but good, inspiring and intelligently analyzed thing makes the world a better place.
Because of their habit people often do not notice that their careless or selfish attitude to important things that exist beside, cause misery rather than progress. All this can be changed.
People should not only be fed with what they know, understand or what they like without realizing that there are many other options! They should be inspired, educated with new things and a new way of thinking. It should be shown how lively, rich, vast and diverse the world can be. Everything can play important role of impact here – music, TV series, radio programs, architecture, good design, food, high-quality clothing and even a well-paved pavement.
Your wishes to Fab Ego
Happiness and success!
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