Where does the name, WWAKE, come from?
The name WWAKE is a metaphor for how I like to design—many gestures that come together as a whole, with ease and poetry, just like the waves in a body of water. Every piece is an iteration of the same idea, a little piece of the process. That’s how I like to design collections. (and the two W’s are a visual metaphor for a wake, like concrete poetry.)
You travelled a lot when you were younger, tell me about your experiences with travelling?
I spent many of my childhood years living in South America. I spent time in the amazon, the desert, the antarctic – the travels were inspiring, but also incredibly humbling. It was a really formative experience to see how the world operated outside of my western experience, and to live as an “other” in a country where I had no roots. I had to learn the language, and observe the customs of that culture to assimilate. I learned a lot about my Western privileges at a young age – it’s complicated to be a foreigner in a developing country, and it’s important to be conscientious of that. This definitely carries through my work with WWAKE with how I approach our sourcing in other countries – maybe some of the most interesting work we do here!
Is there one place or country that you hold dearest?
Well, I lived for many years in Peru, so I would say I have a lot of nostalgia attached to the places I visited there. That said, to me travel is all about immersing yourself in another culture and learning, and I’ve been inspired and grown so much as a person from most places I’ve been. It’s hard to pick just one!
I read that you’re really interested in the history and function behind creative gestures. What do you mean by that?
I’m interested in our historic relationship to jewelry and our materials, and why it still matters to us today. I think it’s fascinating that we hold continual value to jewelry that’s made of precious materials. there’s a lot to learn here about our inherent desires and value systems.