W.O.W. Makers Residency


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.


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.



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.