Beautiful jewellery is something one can never have enough of. Most women love going through boutiques and flea markets in search of unique jewellery items. Rock Paper and Scissor (RPS) , started by Richa Kapre and Rahee Walambe, offers a small world of eclectic collections of ready to wear jewellery in so many varieties that you will be spoilt for choice. So, what’s unique about RPS? Well, Artsy and Handmade is their motto! Now and always.
As most small ventures, Rock Paper and Scissor (RPS) began as a hobby back in December 2012. Richa used to work with her mentor, Dr. Pritesh Krishnan at Art’zire in Pune, until the latter relocated to Bangalore and it seemed like a natural progression to start off on her own. Art’zire still remains their closest ally when it comes to collaborations. Meanwhile, Rahee and Richa met at a Teracotta workshop and got on like a house on fire. Rahee is a PhD in Robotics but has always been artistically inclined. This is a way for her to express herself, away from academics.
Richa’s expertise lies in Quilling, Jewellery Making, Polymer Clay and Bead Weaving and Rahee focuses on Jewellery Making, Embroidery, Painting and other media related to painting. Their common interest, which brought them together, remains Jewellery Making. They also conduct group and personal workshops based on requests and demand in Pune. Richa is also a co-coordinator of the Polymer Clay workshop at Art’zire and has travelled to several cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad to conduct these. Rahee is based in Pune and holds the fort for RPS all year round. She is what keeps RPS ticking at ground level while Richa handles the online fora.
70% of RPS revenue is generated from customisation orders and 30% from sale at exhibitions.
Rock Paper and Scissor primarily works off their Facebook page and exhibitions and their sales vary as per seasons. They keep their FB page updated with new designs and have been receiving good response in online sales. When it comes to exhibiting their creations offline, they prefer exhibitions in housing societies, since that enables people to come over, feel the pieces in their hands and at the same time, Richa and Rahee get to interact with their clients.
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As good as it sounds today, however, the journey was not a cakewalk. In the initial days, It was hard to convince people to buy handmade jewellery. Richa and Rahee had to take lot of efforts to create awareness that the slight premium in costs also meant additional attention to details, customisation according to one’s demands and use of top notch quality material. Once their clients experienced their products, they started coming back again and also helped in spreading the word.
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Some wear their hearts on their sleeve, We encourage people to wear RPS in their hearts! – Richa Kapre