As Singapore and the rest of the world continues to deal with the pandemic, more are rallying together to show support for members of the community — the latest being Operation De-Covid-19, an initiative by the Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower. The campaign aims to raise funds for migrant workers, who have been vastly affected by the pandemic, via the sale of 10 T-shirt designs created by local designers.
Only 100 pieces of each design will be available from the SIDS website, priced at $38 per piece. The proceeds from the campaign will go to the Migrant Workers’ Assistance Fund, the humanitarian charity of the Migrant Workers’ Centre. Read more below about the 10 shirt designs and the inspiration behind them.
1) Void in our Landscapes
By Damian Tang, senior design director at National Parks Board
My design is titled ‘Void In Our Landscapes’. The void symbolises the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the landscape industry, as well as the impact on our greenery and built environment.
This artwork is composed using ink, watercolour, and digital media. The different techniques used in this artwork represents the different skillsets of the migrant workers from different backgrounds and different countries, coming together to build our beautiful landscapes. It also shows the emotional impact this pandemic has on every individual.By Damian Tang, senior design director at National Parks Board
2) Stronger Together
By Andrew Loh and Kenny Lim, co-founders and designers at Depression
The message we will like to share is that even during the most difficult times, we as global citizens must come together to show love and concern for the people around us. Love conquers all.Andrew Loh and Kenny Lim, co-founders and designers at Depression
By Jackson Tan, creative director at Black
The title of my design is ‘Daydreamer’. Why? Because the best way to fight and destroy the virus is to stay at home.Jackson Tan, creative director at Black
4) Mr. Chocolate Egg
By Janice Wong, chef and artist at Janice Wong Singapore
In the face of adversity, we find a way to conquer, through art and imagination. This artwork is a debut to my series of cartoon characters, and he is a strong and fearless chocolate egg. Well, I hope everyone can take courage in this period of crisis.Janice Wong, chef and artist at Janice Wong Singapore
5) Shelving Away the Virus
By Keat Ong, founder and principal at Keat Ong Design
The title of my artwork is called ‘Shelving Away The Virus’. It’s very much like how we shelve away our old archives. And on the shelf, you can find the different variations, or rather, different interpretations of how the COVID-19 (virus) would look like.Keat Ong, founder and principal at Keng Ong Design
By Kelley Cheng, founder and creative director at The Press Room
As you can see, it’s a visual pun on the COVID virus but turning it into a positive image of the globe, which is signifying the world, and everybody coming together to fight this virus. The title of my artwork is called ‘Co-Defend’, so again, it is taking away the ‘COVID’ and (instead) ‘Co-Defend’.Kelley Cheng, founder and creative director at The Press Room
7) Overcoming Covid Together
By Kenny Hong, founder at 11H
My design depicts people from different races, languages and religions coming together to show compassion and support for our migrant workers. Let’s stand united as we fight in the war against COVID.Kenny Hong, founder at 11H
By Khairudin Saharom, principal at Kite Studio Architecture
My design for ‘Operation DE-COVID-19’ is very much based on our common desire and hope. Not just to come out through this very challenging time but to come out of it stronger and better as one big community.
Because I think it is not just about bringing down the numbers. It is also about us showing compassion, kindness and selflessness, because everyone matters. And I think it is this spirit of humanity, this spirit of inclusiveness that will guide us through this very challenging period.
So at the end of the day, it’s not just about all the hard work that we put in. It is also about the ‘heart’ work. Hence you see the design, how the curve is being flattened down, being weighted down, by the heart.By Khairudin Saharom, principal at Kite Studio Architecture
9) Don’t Forget the Mask!
By Look Boon Gee, managing director at Look Architects
My inspiration for the T-shirt design was from a children’s book. So this is a lion, with (the words) ‘Don’t Forget The Mask’ with a snap-on mask, to convey the importance of one’s social responsibility during this coronavirus pandemic, which is ravaging the world now.Look Boon Gee, managing director at Look Architects
By Peter Tay, founder and creative director at Peter Tay Studio
The main inspiration is about this cohesiveness. It is this kind of cohesiveness that I was looking for in every Singaporean.
The action of holding hands and working together as one family with one goal in mind, in which to help everyone overcome this pandemic situation together.
My design is in one simple notion of reflection, which also portrays in my personal works. It is about the reflection of one’s self in the past, and present.
What we are going through together now, and what lies ahead for us altogether, in which we will overcome this pandemic as one.By Peter Tay, founder and creative director at Peter Tay Studio
The campaign is supported by contributions from 10 partners, including Admira, ATEC Design and Construction, Bathworld, Idee Etcetera, The Floor Gallery, Hitachi, ISH Interior Design, Keisuke, Luxx Newhouse, and MM Galleri.
For more information, please visit the SIDS website.