Wing Yau may have learned the tools of her trade while studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, but her interest in handcraft dates back to a childhood spent trailing her mother at craft markets in diverse places such as Papua New Guinea and Peru, where she lived as a teen. After spending time with performative sculptors Daniel Bozkhov and JJ PEET, and later with the Bauhaus-inspired designer Mociun, Yau honed her interests, resulting in the textural line, WWAKE.