I am beyond excited to share this episode with you! Why? Because Wu Hanyen is combining Art and Movement to redefine what it means to interact with fitness equipment!
Wu Hanyen is the creator of Work in Use, a company offering high end handmade movement tools that are designed with longevity in mind. Wu completed her Graphic Design degree and went on to receive an MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to New York City where she worked as a furniture maker. Ultimately, an injury in the studio, hours of self reflection, and a passion for movement is what crafted the vision and creation of her own business, Work in Use.
Work in Use offers movement tools that are unlike generic fitness equipment. These tools are handmade from natural materials by Wu herself, in collaboration with local artisans. The intention of these tools is to introduce variety to daily movement. Additionally, they perfectly marry functional use and aesthetic appeal, so you no longer have to sacrifice the design of your home for your movement practice. That’s right, no more stuffing away your dreary plastic equipment because it clashes with your mahogany end table!
Wu considers movement as much of a craft as she does her actual woodworking craft. By creating these tools, she hopes to make movement more enjoyable for the practitioner as they create a connection with them in their everyday life. She hopes they regain accessibility to basic human movements (i.e. squatting, pulling, hanging) and sustain them for a lifetime.
All in all, Wu hopes people are inspired and curious about staying active at home through the use of her Work in Use tools- especially now that your movement routine may look a little different! By elevating the tool and object itself, you elevate the importance of movement in general. Join me as I geek out with Wu about movement!
Links mentioned throughout the episode:
Work in Use Website: https://workinuse.com
Work in Use Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/workinuse/
Wu’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wuch/
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