We sat down *virtually* with Juliana of The Wax Apple to talk about tools, Taiwan, and ways to destress.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! What do you love to do?
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to LA when I was 18 to study industrial design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
How did you come to create The Wax Apple?
I've always traveled to Taiwan often to visit family, and a few years ago I decided to take my passion for collecting/hunting unique objects (especially from Taiwan!) with presenting them to a wider audience! I've always been attracted to handcrafted objects and learning the history behind them. What I love is that most crafted objects are specific to a region in Taiwan, using natural resources that grow in the area, and fill a particular need! I always wanted to showcase objects that are nostalgic and specifically Taiwanese!
What do you hope people experience using the tools from The Wax Apple?
I hand select each of the massage tools and hope they serve as ways to relax and destress throughout the day! Each tool is unique and can be used in so many different ways. A little eyebrow massage in front of the computer midday, or a finger massage after cooking or crafting! Something for every occasion!
If you could have a tea or take a Boketto moment (a moment of daydreaming and of rest) with any person dead or alive who would it be? What kind of tea would you have?
Teresa Teng. She was Taiwanese and the most famous singer in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, etc!) for a long while when my mother was growing up. Her music is still widely popular now! She passed away at the early age of 42 due to a severe asthma attack. I always found her career so fascinating, and think of her as one of the most influential Asian female artists of the 20th century, both culturally and sometimes politically. I would love to drink a beautiful Oolong tea and peanut dessert with her :)
What does a moment of rest, recharging, or nourishment look like for you?
I love taking long baths, with a small glass of wine!
What's something you want people to know about you that I wouldn't think to ask.
I love watching Youtube videos of Taiwanese grandmas cooking. Nothing is ever measured, and often based on intuition and taste - a method of a true master!
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