Ed Young’s Detroit Workshop

IMG_4722Artist Ed Young was in town recently at the Troy Community center on Saturday, March 29th and gave a four hour workshop/ presentation. He kept up an interesting ever- changing flow of ideas, projects, artworks, philosophy, and discussion. It was an exciting afternoon for all who attended. Thank you Ed Young! Pictured above is a bear puppet he made from a hand cut paperbag–a brilliant, simple way to create a shadow puppet show. Below are more photos from the event:

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Above are stills from Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a beautiful and touching animated film Ed Young made the art for. Released in 1991 it is rarely shown. The film was created in haunting soft pastels with a moving soundtrack, and narration by actress Liv Ullmann. It told the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl, on the threshold of adolescence, who developed Leukemia from radiation caused by the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Ed also showed several Chinese writing characters or ideograms--and how they came into existence. He explained how they represented concepts in character and living; the picture always coming before the spoken word; language as vision. He also spoke about his teacher Cheng Man-ch’ing and the meaning Tai Chi philosophy holds in his life.

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Shown above are exquisite fully jointed animal puppets Ed made over 50 years ago. These represent Chinese astrological signs for an animated project Ed created. The last photo is an old mysterious cardboard box where the puppets are kept.

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Above are just a few of the many picture books Ed Young has created for children, adults and art lovers of all ages. Read an interview with Ed talking about his creations at the great blog: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

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Pictured above is Ed Young signing and standing by his good friend Carol Yamasaki who brought him to Detroit and arranged the event.

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One comment on “Ed Young’s Detroit Workshop
  1. Mr. Young,
    Please forward my appreciation to Carol Yamasaki. I could not find an email or website for her. She talked about you often in her class which I took about 27 years ago. Although, I only took an 8 week class, I still hear her words as I do the form. Her words take on new meaning as the years pass.
    Best regards,
    Brad Reed

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