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HOLYCRAP

Since 2011, we decided to get together with the kids and embark on pursuing art and all things creative as art collective, Holycrap. The kids love to draw and doodle and write all kinds of stories. And now we also go about together taking photos on our film cameras. So I suppose hanging out and collecting memories is definitely something we love to do.

Holycrap FamilyHello HOLYCRAP! Could you guys introduce yourself?

Claire: Hello, I’m Claire and I’ll be 41 in April. I ‘ve been home with the kids for the past 11 years and am absolutely thankful for that fact.
Renn: Hi I am Renn, I am 11 years old and I am very short. I love iPad & hate homework.
Aira: Hi I am Aira and I am 8 and a half years old, I am a bookworm and I am even shorter than my brother and I do not like Mandarin.
Pann: Hi I am Pann and am 42 this year. I am co-founder and creative director at Kinetic Singapore and I am also the dad/designer at Holycrap.sg.

Awesome! Could you share with us what you guys do?

Claire & Pann: Since 2011, we decided to get together with the kids and embark on pursuing art and all things creative as art collective, Holycrap. The kids love to draw and doodle and write all kinds of stories. And now we also go about together taking photos on our film cameras. So I suppose hanging out and collecting memories is definitely something we love to do.

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IMG_5627 1Renn: Since I was young, I’ve always liked to draw monsters and weird stuff. I also like talking back to my mom sometimes and I enjoy doing projects with my family.
Aira: I love to do ink work but now I have a new found interest in watercolour. I also love to write stories and poems and enjoy singing songs in the bathroom when no one is listening. And I love taking pictures with my family.

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We can certainly feel the creative juices running through the family! What got you guys to want to start the collective?

Claire: Holycrap literally started one night in 2011 before we were heading to bed. Pann said he was always meeting students, other creatives, giving talks, and sharing with them the insights into creativity, design, etc., and he was feeling really bad that he wasn’t doing the same for our kids. We both love art, design, ideas, movies, music, and we know no other way to raise our kids than through these disciplines. We also enjoy the whole process of everyone working together, sharing ridiculous ideas, talking rubbish, feeling happy and sometimes frustrated, while trying to meet the deadlines of our projects. No words can describe how much closer we’ve become as a family after Holycrap was formed.

What is your mantra behind what you do?

Claire: Anything can be done if it’s done with complete dedication.
Pann: I believe we should be producing work that are fresh, interesting and meaningful and the result should be the family being even closer together.
Renn: When I draw, I make sure it is weird and not so perfect.
Aira: The faces I draw can look like potatoes, beans or whatever I want them to be.

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What is the best part about what you do?

Renn: It relieves my mind and it makes me happy.
Aira: The best part about what I do is that I have fun.
Claire & Pann: The best part about being us being in a family art collective is for us to grow up with the kids and spending all the extra time we have collaborating on something that we know is precious to us.

What have you guys been up to lately? 

Claire & Pann: We are currently in the midst of putting together our 4th issue of Rubbish Famzine. Rubbish Issue 4 (without a title yet) is a project about us traveling and exploring Singapore and finding interesting stories and historical legends that are new to us. From living in Singapore all our lives to raising our kids now, we realised that there are still so much to learn and discover about our home country. We do hope to release it in the later part of June 2015.
Renn: I am also currently working on my portfolio to get into an art school.
Aira: I am working on more poetry and my watercolour paintings.

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How would you describe the climate of Singapore’s creative industry?

Claire & Pann: There’s no better time to be in our Singapore creative industry than now. There have been tremendous support all around and design enthusiasts have been buying and turning up for most design events and related activities. This was not seen 5 years ago and many Singaporeans used to be biased against locally produced content/products. But now, many locals and foreigners alike are wearing Singapore designed fashion wear, buying Singapore designed products, watching Singaporean movies and listening to music created by born & bred Singaporeans. It’s really inspiring to see this growth and support and we hope that this will continue to surge forward and onwards.

What can we expect to see from Holycrap in the future?

Claire & Pann: We are currently working on a few other projects all due this year. In short, the 4 of us will continue to work hard and press on with with all that we have on hand and we hope that we will be able to do this together for as long as we possibly can.

Check them out: www.holycrap.sg
(Photos courtesy of HOLYCRAP)

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