W.O.W. Maker Series Presents:
Demolition Paranoia in Beijing: A Talk by Sponge Gourd Collective
Join us as Sponge Gourd Collective discusses their process in investigating urban transformation in contemporary China through their zine publication People's Square 人民广场. They will also share work from their ongoing project, The Harmonious Commute 跳出北京看北京 investigating the high-speed rail in the Jing-Jin-Ji megaregion. This event is part of a series profiling different Asian American makers and creatives. RSVP here.
Sponge Gourd Collective (丝瓜集团) is a loofah for the future, a squad of green goons, a slimy surprise. We investigate urban transformation in contemporary China to explore and unpack Chinese futurities. The collective was formed in 2016 with the publication of People's Square 人民广场, a zine series documenting sites of rapid urban development in Beijing, China. We are now working on The Harmonious Commute 跳出北京看北京, an ongoing project investigating the high-speed rail in the Jing-Jin-Ji megaregion. Sponge Gourd Collective consists of Beatrix Chu, Daphne Xu, and Diane Zhou.
ABOUT DIANE & DAPHNE
Diane Zhou is a visual artist based in New York. Her paintings, comics, and assemblages are about cute things, manufactured junk bearing the weight of human interaction, and her fragmented understanding of Chinese language.
Daphne Xu is a researcher, photographer and artist. She is currently working on her masters at MIT in urban planning.
*NOTE: All ticket proceeds go towards supporting Siguatuan's support our zine making practice.
Celebrating W.O.W.'s Second Seasonal Tea:
Pell St. Jasmine
Join us for the launch of our newest tea, Pell St. Jasmine, just in time for Moon Festival. Charlene Lewang of Tranquil Tuesdays will be pouring tea and community activist, Jeanie Chin will be setting up a table for individual numerology readings. We will also be serving up a limited supply of our homemade mooncakes - join us!
Celebrating W.O.W.'s Very First Seasonal Tea:
Mott St. Oolong
We are celebrating the launch of our first seasonal tea: Mott St. Oolong!
Swing by W.O.W. and join us as we serve up Mott St. Oolong for our community. Tranquil Tuesdays' founder, Charlene Lewang, will be pouring tea and 店面 artist in residence, Emily Mock will be selling her beauty papercuts!
We'll also be running a celebration special on: ~ exclusive ~ Cynonyc Chinatown Clothing Company mason jar + tea steepers, new teaware and our very own Mott St. Oolong tea!
W.O.W Maker Series: Lexton Moy & CYNoNYC
October 26, 2017
Join us as Lexton Dela Cruz Moy talks about his process in creating his own lifestyle brand, CYNONYC, redefining 'New York Chinese Americana'. Lexton will be speaking at length about how he is using graphic design to honor and preserve the history, traditions and cultural custom of Manhattan's Chinatown. CYNONYC and Wing On Wo & Co. will also be revealing a ~* NEW *~ tea line collaboration at the event! This is the second event of a series profiling different Asian American makers and creatives at Wing On Wo & Co.
Reserve a ticket on eventbrite now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wow-maker-series-presents-lexton-moy-cynonyc-tickets-39098801568
The Cynonyc Chinatown Clothing Company is a lifestyle brand that redefines “New York Chinese Americana.” The brand embraces New York City's geographic antiquity, while preserving the history, traditions and cultural customs of Manhattan's Original Chinatown.
The word "CYNONYC" deconstructed gives insight on the brands origins and it's direction. “CYNO-” is a recreation of the prefix “Sino-” which is the combining form meaning Chinese. “-NYC” is New York City's abbreviation and is a recreation of the adjective-forming suffix “-ic” which is the combining form meaning “having some characteristics of.” Together CYNONYC, is a palindromic word meaning “pertaining to, belonging to, or characteristic of the distinct sub-culture of Chinatown in New York City.”
CYNONYC is a literal and symbolic reflection of the past and present, paying homage to cultural heritage while acknowledging the ever changing landscape of Chinatown.
ABOUT LEXTON MOY:
Lexton Moy is a Chinese Filipino American, born and raised in Chinatown. He played professional soccer in Hong Kong, Macau and Manila and is a former Philippines Men’s National Team player with 11 international caps representing his mother’s native country. Lexton is currently the Director of Coaching at the Chelsea Piers Soccer Club in NYC and recently launched the lifestyle brand CYNONYC. The Chinatown Clothing Company embraces New York City’s geographic antiquity, while preserving the history, traditions and cultural customs of Manhattan’s Original Chinatown.
W.O.W Maker Series: Grandma's Recipes Book Launch
June 8, 2017
Designed by NYC-based graphic designer Christal Sih and published by Singapore's Math Paper Press, Grandma's Recipes is a compilation of photographs, writings and a Chinese-Singaporean family's recipes. Join us as Christal talks about her process in publishing her first recipe book inspired by and in collaboration with her grandma (who will be skyping in from Singapore!). This book launch is the first event of a series profiling different Asian American makers and creatives at Wing On Wo & Co.
ABOUT 'GRANDMA'S RECIPES':
"Mary Sih is my grandmother — her cooking prowess comes from decades of cooking, studying recipe books, watching cooking television shows and exchanges with my family and friends. Armed with only an iPhone to take photos and notes, I try to learn as much as I can without getting in her way."
Browse the book on BooksActually: https://www.booksactuallyshop.com/products/grandmas-recipes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from the sunny island of Singapore, Christal Sih completed her BFA in Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and is now based in New York City.
As a graphic designer, she integrates illustration and photography into her design practice. In her personal work she is interested in post-colonialism, and hybridity as a basis for constructing identity.
More of her work can be seen here: http://christalsih.com/
W.O.W Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 8th 11 AM - 6 PM
W.O.W is celebrating the start of spring with a plant sale. Swing by and pick up a W.O.W original plant as tiny or large enough for your NYC apartment. All pottings are our own porcelain creations :)
W.O.W SilenT Auction
February 2 - 15, 2017
Swing by during W.O.W's regular store hours from 10:30 AM - 6 PM to place your bid on original W.O.W crate wood designs in collaboration with Overlook Woods. ~All proceeds will be donated to The W.O.W Project ~
CITY OF HANDS 手成 Screening
September 15, 2016
Wing on Wo & Co. was thrilled to present CITY OF HANDS, a 22-minute short film that profiles four young members of Jingdezhen's ceramics community, exploring what brought them to the city and what made them stay.
Jingdezhen is China’s porcelain capital. Slowly forgotten after being home to the emperor’s imperial kilns for a thousand years, the city is now filled with young artists. An oasis for creatives in China’s urban east, people from all over the country come to Jingdezhen to follow their porcelain dreams. CITY OF HANDS is a look into the lives of four young residents of Jingdezhen.
+ The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a launch of new Wing on Wo porcelain ware.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Nathaniel Brown, Director/writer
Nathaniel is filmmaker, photographer, and translator based in China and the United States, producing content focused on art, culture and travel. He was a Fulbright Scholar to China in 2013-2014 and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. His recent projects have focused on young Chinese artists in different mediums and how they seek to delineate themselves in the market and creative sphere. Beyond this, he is currently working through the footage, photos, and text from a 35,000 km motorcycle trip from Shanghai to London he took in 2015.
AJ Sinker, Writer/editor
AJ Sinker is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His work includes documentary short Balloons Over Plymouth (2011) which is available internationally on ShortsHD, lifestyle brand Top Shelf Premium’s web series Off Top, and various content for Major League Baseball.