W.O.W. Makers Residency

 

Our Inaugural Maker in Residence:

Heidi Ratanavanich

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Heidi Ratanavanich is a visual artist and educator born in the year of the dog. Based in Philadelphia since 2013 with deep feels to Chicago and Thailand. Heidi’s work uses a range of digital and analog media—particularly woodworking, printed matter, broadcasting and public/private gatherings— to inquire upon the politics of place and space. Heidi is specifically interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, ecology and economy. They teach at Moore College of Art and Design and work at Future and Sons building and renovating homes in Philadelphia. She is committed to a yoga practice on Thursdays.  


W.O.W. MAKERS RESIDENCY FINALISTS

JESSE BIRDSALL

“I am planning on designing a totemic homage through the form of an interactive name chop sculpture. The body of the chop will include various symbols of Chinatown as well as Asian-American culture, which will contrast with the seal section which will contain elements of New York City.”

Trifecta, an essential oil diffuser, which celebrates aromatherapy with its transparent body and updates the practice for 2019.

Trifecta, an essential oil diffuser, which celebrates aromatherapy with its transparent body and updates the practice for 2019.


STAN KIM AND JACQUELINE WU

“We would like to create a portable stool that honors the history and material of the W.O.W. crates. Now instead of transporting porcelain goods, the hope is that they will be transported, used, and shared through the Chinatown community. We chose the concept of the stool because of its flexibility as an object; whether used as a seat, a tabletop surface, or a stand, the stool can adapt to different needs and match the spirit and mobility of the people.”

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ELEANOR LEE

Tray of Strokes -  “My idea is to repurpose the wood panels into a collection of children’s learning tool and as a conversation piece for the grown-ups to share the stories and memories.”

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HEIDI RATANAVANICH

“I want to design a piece of modular furniture. Each object will begin as a single shipping crate and can be reconstructed as a chair, a bookshelf, or a side table, adapting to a changing need -- to carry a body, or things, and the stories that arise from material transformation.The design could live in the form of a risograph-printed zine/booklet with drawings, bilingual instructions, and story excerpts collected from the woodworking workshops. The multiple functions of this design will consider the process of woodworking as a tool to unpack and reframe stories of place and home.”

In 2015, my collaborator Eileen Shumate and I were invited by Asian Arts Initiative to re-exhibit a project about locally grown food. We had utilized the industrial wooden pallet repurposing this tool of mass food distribution to construct social environments for slow food consumption, conversation, and food education. For our winter adaptation,  pallets & palates: placing taste, sound and sight , we collaborated with ceramicist and local food educator Miki Palchick. In AAI’s Main Gallery, we installed these converted skid structures to hold her wheel-thrown crockery, which in turn held pickles made by local gardeners, ferment-makers, and chefs; in exchange for sharing an interview and a favorite cured or pickled delicacy, a crock to keep.

In 2015, my collaborator Eileen Shumate and I were invited by Asian Arts Initiative to re-exhibit a project about locally grown food. We had utilized the industrial wooden pallet repurposing this tool of mass food distribution to construct social environments for slow food consumption, conversation, and food education. For our winter adaptation, pallets & palates: placing taste, sound and sight, we collaborated with ceramicist and local food educator Miki Palchick. In AAI’s Main Gallery, we installed these converted skid structures to hold her wheel-thrown crockery, which in turn held pickles made by local gardeners, ferment-makers, and chefs; in exchange for sharing an interview and a favorite cured or pickled delicacy, a crock to keep.


ABOUT THE MAKERS RESIDENCY

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The W.O.W. Makers Residency is a 3-month long opportunity from April 1, 2019 - June 31, 2019 for a maker to refurbish 50+ year old shipping crate wood into a functional object for Chinatown residents. The maker’s design will be used to teach woodworking workshops to community members throughout the residency and conclude with a final showcase exhibiting works from both the maker-in-residence and the community, honoring the journey the raw material has made from HK to NYC and celebrating its new functionality.

ABOUT THE CRATE WOOD

Our collection of crate wood is over fifty years old and has helped transport all of our porcelain inventory from Hong Kong to New York since the lates 1970s. Our grandparents Nancy and Shuck have made annual buying trips to and from NYC & HK shipping their precious porcelain goods via boat in these wooden crates. Since then, the crates have been repurposed as storage units keeping our porcelain inventory organized to a tea. After our re-envisioning of the shop’s mission and the reorganization of our over century-old clutter, we're ready for these wooden crates to have a new life for our community!

Application Deadline : March 11, 2019 // 11:59 PM

Photo from the ‘80s of our crates waiting to be shipped out New York City bound!

Photo from the ‘80s of our crates waiting to be shipped out New York City bound!

The Makers Residency includes:

  • $1K stipend 

  • $500 materials stipend

  • access to woodworking space 

  • project support from W.O.W. Project team 

  • final exhibition 

*Note this residency does not provide housing, meals, or transportation costs.

The deadline for the application is midnight EST on Tuesday, March 11th. Apply online here. Note that application fees are not required, however we are requesting a suggested donation of USD $25 to support administrative costs for this initiative.

Our jury members for the inaugural Makers Residency are Gary Lum of Wing on Wo, curator, writer and design historian Zara Arshad, and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities Tenant Union Organizer, Emily Mock. They will review all proposals and notify finalists by the last week of March. The selected resident will be announced in early April.

*Please note that Wing on Wo & Co is a family business and therefore we are unable to provide unlimited access to the studio space during the 3 month residency period. The schedule will be determined by the selected resident and the Wing on Wo & Co family to accommodate the needs of those involved. Please note that the studio is not wheelchair accessible.

A panoramic view of our crate wood collection in our basement.

A panoramic view of our crate wood collection in our basement.

 

 
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W.O.W. Makers Residency is supported by the Citizens Commitee for NYC’s Reuse & Repair Grant and made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC.