八宝粥 Ba Bao Zhou: Artist Residency Collection Showcase

The W.O.W. Project’s 6th Artist-in-Residence Joy Mao presents her 2nd year residency project, a capsule collection of easy-to-wear clothing inspired by the everyday abundance of Chinatown. Created in collaboration with Wing On Wo’s Lorraine Lum and W.O.W.’s Resist Recycle Regenerate youth fellows, the project engaged participants in a design process centered around a series of craft-making workshops and community interactions. At this celebratory showcase, take an immersive glimpse into the creative process and preview the collection itself.

The show will be open to the public from July 16 through August 1st. Public showcase: July 16, 2-5pm

All ticket sales will be donated to The W.O.W. Project’s 6th year anniversary fundraising campaign, BUILT TO BLOOM. The W.O.W. Project is a grassroots initiative sustained through the support of our community, within New York’s Chinatown and beyond. Built to Bloom honors the foundational work of W.O.W.’s femme, queer, and trans youth community as well as the activists and organizers of Chinatown past. W.O.W. remains rooted in this legacy and committed to the collective work of building a blooming future for our communities. To donate to W.O.W. directly, please visit https://www.wowprojectnyc.org/donate. Thank you for your support!


ABOUT

The W.O.W Project is a femme, queer, and trans led community-based initiative that is working to sustain ownership over Manhattan Chinatown’s future by growing, protecting and preserving Chinatown’s creative culture through arts, culture and activism. Our core mission is to create space for conversations to happen across language barriers and generational gaps to actively shape the future of Chinatown. Our projects include artist residencies, youth programs, public artworks and events, and mutual aid. @wowprojectnyc

Joy Mao is a Chinese American artist and fashion designer based in Brooklyn, using clothing as a medium for illuminating the bonds between self and society. How do our clothes shape the way we understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the ways we move through our worlds? How can clothing support and sustain life, rather than exploit it? Through the lens of garment work, Joy’s practice highlights and celebrates the critical labor that people engage in, both individually and in community with others, to create things with care. This kind of labor—often overlooked and undervalued—comes from a deep and transformative place of love. Joy designs and constructs intimate spaces, starting with our clothes, to support those who work to build a more just and beautiful world. @byjoymao