Celebrities get arty for charity

Stars like Nat Ho, The Muttons and Darryl Yong design one-of-a-kind shoes which will be auctioned for charity ​​​​​​​

Celebrities get arty for charity
Celebrities get arty for charity
09 Jan 2018

Celebrities get arty for charity

They are singers, actors, DJs, and now, these 18 local artistes can add “shoe designer” to their resumes.

As part of The Big Heart, an initiative aimed at building a caring citizenry, actors like Charlie Goh and Darryl Yong as well as Mediacorp DJs The Muttons, Chen Ning and Dzar drew on their creativity to design one-of-a-kind shoes to express what caring means to them. The results are unique and diverse (think galaxies, botanicals and even “cancer cells”), turning Timberland boots into true works of art.

The shoes will be available on an online auction on The Big Heart and all proceeds will be donated to beneficiaries under the Community Chest. You can also see the designs up close at the Design A Shoe Gallery at the SG Cares Carnival at Our Tampines Hub this Saturday (Jan 13).

At the carnival, there will be 28 booths by volunteers and social enterprises where visitors can learn about diverse causes through fun and experiential activities. There will be games, craft workshops, sports and cooking demonstrations, music performances, as well as a meet-and-greet with 118 stars like Chen Hanwei and Sora Ma.

Artistes like Nat Ho, Aisyah Aziz and Jae Liew will also take to the stage alongside special needs students to model apparel designed in collaboration with the underprivileged for Fashion for a Social Cause.

Online bidding for the artistes’ shoes runs from Jan 12 to Jan 31.  and click through for a peek of the the artistes' masterpieces.

SG Cares Carnival takes place this Saturday, Jan 13, 12pm to 8pm, at Our Tampines Hub. Admission is free. More details at toggle.sg/thebigheart.

Aisyah Aziz
Aisyah Aziz
08 Jan 2018

Aisyah Aziz

Design name: Spirit

Design inspiration: Kindness. This theme brings back memories as we walk along kindergartens and childcare schools where the mural walls are filled with colours and the love of nature. It brings out a certain feel of innocence and positivity towards people and our surroundings. It explains the variety of colours that our children today love. Educating our children to be kind from a very young age is essential. 

The technique I chose was pop art and abstract art to indicate flow, flexibility and fun! Being kind can be fun too especially if it involves kids and nature.

Charlie Goh
Charlie Goh
08 Jan 2018

Charlie Goh

Design name: Sunset Soldiers

Design inspiration: Caring means a lot to me. It means taking time and effort to care for something or someone. In this case, I chose soldiers, who I feel are very underrated and valued in our generation. National Service is just another phase of life every guy has to go through. However, what are these guys protecting? 

While we are busy going around our everyday affairs, these guys are training and constantly protecting our land. We should show some appreciation to these soldiers instead of picking on them for minor things like when they take a seat on the MRT. They are humans - just like all of us are. Show a little bit of care to the people around you and make this already tough world we live in a slightly better place.

Charmian Tan
Charmian Tan
08 Jan 2018

Charmian Tan

Design name: Caring starts from Home

Design inspiration: ​​​​​​​Caring starts with caring for our families.

These child-like drawings were taken from my personal doodles growing up - this was how I saw my grandparents and parents as a kid. As imperfect as they are, I found it rather endearing, and for us kids, our first artworks were definitely of those closest to us. When I think about what caring means to me, it's the care that my parents have and will always have for me that came to mind. They have shown me what it means to put other people first, and to respect our elders. 

I kept the design simple because I wanted these Timberlands to be wearable, but still send a little message to youths of our generation that even as we get busy chasing our dreams, let's not forget to take time out to walk with our parents. 

Charlotte Mei
Charlotte Mei
08 Jan 2018

Charlotte Mei

Design name: Walk in the Light

Design inspiration: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​No flower can lift your spirits quite like the sunflower! For the person walking in these shoes, the bright petals stretch out with love, giving off a warming glow just as inviting as the sun. Bright and cheerful, it reflects the positive hope we all carry in our hearts. Carry this sunny charm wherever you go, and spread it… nourish those around you. 

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” - Helen Keller

Chen Ning
Chen Ning
08 Jan 2018

Chen Ning

Design name: The Rainbow Shoes

Design inspiration: When people from all walks of life come together uniting in goodness and mutual acceptance, magic happens. The colours on the shoe represents such a coming together. 

Like a rainbow, we shine as a collective. Like the colours of the rainbow, we combine for the greater good. So, listen with your eyes and sing everything you see. 

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
08 Jan 2018

Daniel Martin

Design name: Deeper Understanding

Design inspiration: ​​​​​​​I wanted to take this opportunity to draw inspiration from something near and dear to me, as the host of Body & Soul. I was inspired by the urgent need to recognise the burden of cancer in our society. 

In the US, researchers had put actual cancer cells under a range of scans. These were collated by the National Cancer Institute in the US. Through imaging including light micrographs, fluorescent scans, 3D tumour tomography images and optical tissue clearing images - the images were the inspiration for the design I employed on the shoes. 

Darryl Yong
Darryl Yong
08 Jan 2018

Darryl Yong

Design name: Walking with Love and Hope

Design inspiration: In my opinion, the root to caring comes from within and the aspects of Love and Hope are reasons why people care, therefore, I designed a shoe with LOVE and HOPE written on each side to represent "Walking with Love and Hope."

As for the galaxy design, an idea struck when I was looking at the stars at night. What if love and hope could be all around, throughout the entire universe? With the universal connection, I decided to design the galaxy with words LOVE and HOPE on each side of the shoe - a simple message to say "LOVE AND HOPE ARE UNIVERSAL." Each time you look up at the stars at night, I hope that you could see and feel them all around you.

Dzar
Dzar
08 Jan 2018

Dzar

Design name: Strength

Design inspiration: Six different colours were used for this design, to represent people from different communities, here in Singapore. They were blended in using my fingers. It would have been easier to use the brush, but the technique was done with purpose, to signify physical acts of kindness that help mold a harmonious society. Working with acrylic paint was a real challenge on an organic canvas, the paint dries fast, leaving little to blend in, signifying the tremendous amount of work that was done to foster a sense of community spirit, kindness, and hence, we should never take what we have for granted. 

Eswari Gunasagar
Eswari Gunasagar
08 Jan 2018

Eswari Gunasagar

Design name: Young At Heart

Design inspiration: I grew up watching cartoons and I still do. There is something about these cartoon characters that teach us so many values. These cartoon characters have taught me to love despite differences, to help in times of need, to be courageous in times of doubt and to love and care for one another without any boundaries. Even if it means driving each other up the wall, we should never stop caring for each other and never stop looking out for one another. And the one thing that drives them to conquer anything was “love”.

To care is to love, is to understand, is to be compassionate. I believe these characters displayed those values in one way or other.  I’m glad I grew up watching these characters because they are one reason I am, who I am today.

Jae Liew
Jae Liew
08 Jan 2018

Jae Liew

Design name: Me too

Design inspiration: Notice the two timepieces on the front? One faces outwards and one faces in. This is to remind us that as we make time for others and that we should also take time out for self care.

The kumihimo is traditionally used by the Japanese to hold kimono together. Here, it is a detachable accessory and together with the safety pin (part of the “Safe Space” movement), it is a bracelet for the owner, with my hope that you will always be able to “keep it together” to be a safe space for both others and yourself.

James Kumar
James Kumar
08 Jan 2018

James Kumar

Design name: Paradise

Design inspiration: It's a walk in paradise when you are in the shoes of someone who cares for the humanity around you. It will not only take you on the path of love and positivity. Each step plants a thought of paying it forward.

KC
KC
08 Jan 2018

KC

Design name: Lovable Doodle

Design inspiration: Life is like doodle art. There is always space and room for LOVE and CARE.

Muttons
Muttons
08 Jan 2018

Muttons

Design name: The Brain

Design inspiration: Our shoe design is inspired by the belief that care should be an intuitive and instinctive value to individuals. We feel that caring for others should be a value that everyone practices without hesitation. As a result, we chose to centre our design around the idea of a BRAIN, because it controls both the intuition and instincts of humans.

Firstly, by drawing both the hemispheres on each respective side of the pair of shoes’ front, we want to illustrate how we believe caring for others should be top most of mind; it should be a moral that is prioritised first.

Further to this, the brain having two hemispheres, each of which has unique functions and provides humans with varied abilities. The left brain, controlling an individual’s actions while the right brain enables a person to feel and be emotive, was the basis of the words that you find on the shoes. The left of the shoe contains words that depict acts of caring while the right shoe, contains words that depict emotions evoked when care is shown or received. 

Nat Ho
Nat Ho
08 Jan 2018

Nat Ho

Design name: CamouChameleon

Design inspiration: A lot of times, people think that caring needs to be in the grand gestures, however, I feel that Caring is in the mundane, everyday gestures, that may not always be visible to other people - a kind smile, a sincere "are you okay?" It is something that is very natural and internalised, and although it may not seem as important as the grand and visible gestures, a little goes a long way. Hence, I decided to go with a brightly-coloured camouflage print [which is timeless], to show that although your caring gestures may be small and seemingly unimportant, it makes you shine as a person and you end up bringing light to the people you meet and help.

Natasha Faisal
Natasha Faisal
08 Jan 2018

Natasha Faisal

Design name: Looking Good, Feline Good

Design inspiration: Caring means to express interest and provide what is essential and necessary for the good of a person or a subject in concern. The different colours used in the painting signifies diversity in which the care we put out to this world shouldn’t be exclusive. 

The earliest memory I have of witnessing the act of caring is by my grandmother who has an abundance of love and care for cats all around. We were at the market one morning and we met with a cat with blood gushing from a wound around its neck. My grandmother took the cat home and nursed it until it was healthy and running again. 

Her passion towards cats rubbed off on me and I now have two of my own, which I’ve painted on the left side of the shoe - one is extra active and the other is always sleeping. My cats express care in their own unique ways and whenever I’m feeling down, I’d head home to spend time with them. The simple act of petting cats can reduce stress.

Silver Ang
Silver Ang
08 Jan 2018

Silver Ang

Design name: Footprints

Design inspiration: When it comes to big hearts, I've never seen anyone do it better than my dog. He's 12, blind, and deaf, but he's always happy to know I'm home, always cheerful, always trying to comfort me when I'm down by sitting down quietly beside me. It's like he understands and feels it when I'm sad or happy.

I'm sure many of us have been touched by dogs, or animals in general, at least once in our lifetime. I've known many animals that have left footprints in my life. I've designed this pair of shoes with hand-painted adaptations of my old boy’s paw prints (yes, I had some fun pawprinting with my dog before I started painting!) to remind everyone of the footprints these darlings have left in our hearts, and hopefully, in any way at all, help the animals in need.

Simone Heng
Simone Heng
08 Jan 2018

Simone Heng

Design name: The Garden of Good and Evil

Design inspiration: ​​​​​​​The shoe design I have created is inspired by returning to the natural - getting rid of all the external distractions and getting back in touch with all that is beautiful around us. The butterfly in the design is symbolic of transformation, awakening from slumber into a better version of one’s self. The bird is symbolic of flying free and experiencing self-actualisation, a goal we all should hope for. The snakes on the shoes represent the darkness we all experience; triggers which pull us away from being the best we can be.

Aesthetically, I visited Japan in the Summer of this year and all of the flowers and blossoms on the shoes are Japanese, I adore the aesthetic and love that the shoes are given an Asian element. I wanted the design to look like embroidery so I added glitter to the design which adds texture to the elements.

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