Tell Your Children, an independent creative studio made up of Deon Phua, Russell Ong, Lydia Yang, Kevin Too, Denise Yap, Jialing Hoon and Bane Tan
Tell us a bit about the work that you do.
We are an independent creative studio based in Singapore. Most of the work we do is centred around certain narratives and stories that we are interested in. We are constantly looking for new ways to translate our ideas into physical art pieces and products. We do have some really exciting projects and collaborations lined up, and will be announcing them soon!
How has Singapore influenced your works?
One of the biggest advantages of being born in Singapore is that we are a unique blend of East meets West. Growing up, we were exposed to a lot of media from the West that has inspired and mostly stuck with us through our creative journey. At the same time, there is so much more we can learn and draw from our multicultural society and local cultures.
One of our favourites is an artwork we did for local musician FAUXE in 2016 that showed him with G-Preme and the boys from Mediocre Haircut Crew, sitting at a table in a traditional coffee shop setting. The artwork was an homage to US rapper MF Doom’s Mm… Food album artwork, reinterpreted in a local context.
Given how the pandemic has upended our usual ways of engaging with the world, what’s inspiring you right now?
Many of the creators we look up to have started to use social media in more creative ways since the pandemic and that has inspired us to rethink the way we communicate our ideas. There are so many things happening in the world right now as well, and we just want to be able to spread a bit of positivity through our art.
What do you hope to see in Singapore, moving forward in a post-pandemic world?
That people will be kinder to each other.
Rachael Cheong, fashion designer and artist
Tell us a bit about the work that you do, and what exciting new projects you’ve been working on.
I am a fashion designer and artist, and am currently developing new work for my label and practice Closet Children. I am testing the waters now – making products that are in my own style yet wearable for every day. I’ve mostly made “unwearable things” in the past purely for artistic expression, so this time, I am looking to do a collection that will merge both artistic expression and wearability. I’ll be continuing research from my previous collection about dolls to expand into the wider topic of the artificial body.
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