Band of Doodlers: Sin­ga­pore

Mas Shafreen tells us how in­ter­ac­tive arts can make a real dif­fer­ence, and why white space is the en­emy of his sketch gang

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Band of Doodlers is a col­lec­tive of Sin­ga­porean il­lus­tra­tors on a mis­sion to rid the world of white space. Sprawl­ing can­vases, glass mu­rals, walls, floors, ceil­ings… in­doors or out, no sur­face is safe from the group and its spi­dery sketches.

It was just six short months ago when Mas Shafreen – bet­ter known as wan­ton doo­dle – founded the group. In that time its num­ber has swelled from 10 ini­tial mem­bers to to­day be­ing over a hun­dred strong.

“When I started the group I never ex­pected it to grow to this size in such a short space of time,” Mas says. “How­ever, BOD is in­clu­sive by de­sign. We wel­come any­one who can hold a marker and is pas­sion­ate about draw­ing.”

Since its in­cep­tion, the group has doo­dled live and to com­mis­sion for Star­bucks, the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil and at the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix.

“Our events are plat­forms for cocre­ation,” Mas says. “I be­lieve that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why I en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion among artists. We co-cre­ate pieces. As much as peo­ple love to in­ter­act, amaz­ing stuff hap­pens when we hit a mu­ral as a group. Most im­por­tantly, we have fun.”

While pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for its mem­bers to net­work and ex­change ideas, the Doodlers as a group also acts as evan­ge­list for in­ter­ac­tive arts, pro­mot­ing draw­ing as a so­cial pas­time through its live per­for­mances.

“We meet almost ev­ery week for doo­dling events and per­for­mances, or sim­ply to bond and ex­change ideas. But we also con­duct work­shops, visual record­ing ex­er­cises and team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to en­cour­age ca­ma­raderie and self-dis­cov­ery through doo­dling.”

Mas says that there’s no hi­er­ar­chy within the group, with mem­bers tak­ing turns to lead events. He sim­ply helps his artists man­age each project, with the ul­ti­mate aim of re­cruit­ing more Doodlers along the way.

“I’m hop­ing we ex­pand and our mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow glob­ally. It’ll make our plans for world dom­i­na­tion over blank spa­ces a heck­uva lot eas­ier!”

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