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Ming Walker, née Janet Khoo, US Malaysian-born artist, fashion/costume designer, dancer, author, and aspiring animator, hails from a Singapore vaudeville family. Her father, a Penang Baba*, was the director of a renowned travelling variety show and her mother had roots in Shanghainese Theatre.

When she was ten, after her parents divorced, their mother squirreled Ming and her two brothers off to the Malay peninsular. There she thrived in charming, quaint, historical Malacca in a kampong with the most hospitable, melting pot of people – Malays, Chinese, Indians, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabs, and the occasional Caucasian. Growing up next to a small jungle fuelled her imagination; her mother diligently exposed her to music and dance, while the Irish nuns at the local convent gave her a first-class education, nurturing her love for the arts, literature, and writing.

Upon finishing school, Ming spent a year as a model and dancer in the capital Kuala Lumpur, working alongside local rock celebrity Terry Thaddeus and "The Strollers." She also performed with Australian choreographer John Kendall and starred in an avant-garde film directed by Uruguay artist Carlos Páez Vilaró.

In her formative years, Ming always felt a deep melancholy, a longing that she was meant to do something for the world; she realized a normal nine-to-five job was not to be her path. Upon learning about "Auroville," an experimental city in South India, where life was based on spirituality rather than on politics, she bid adieu to her beautiful country Malaysia, its warm people, her mother, and the best cuisine in the world and flew to Madras, India en route to Auroville, "The City of Dawn." There, her two daughters Aura and Auro-Free were born.

In Auroville, she lived alongside people from many different countries, all with the same aspiration of immersing their lives with the philosophy of spiritual teachers, Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, "The Mother." As contribution to the community, Ming organized an atelier, trained the local fishermen's wives and daughters in product-development, bringing into play their love of crochet. Ming's designs were picked up by Dorothee Bis and hailed in Paris as "nouvelle sensationelle."

After seven years in India, Ming spent a year in Kathmandu, where she designed and supplied clothing to "Freak," a boutique in Italy. She also opened "Kimdo," a dance school offering the local children free dance lessons in Bharatanatyam, a South India classical-style and Charya, the traditional Nepali-Buddhist dance form.

In 1977, Ming immigrated to New York City, where she delved in art, dance, and worked in the fashion industry in Manhattan, travelling to Italy, Bali and India. After a short stint as a clothing buyer in Milan, she travelled around Europe, ending up as a street-artist in Barcelona, where she met Salvador Dalí.

Having successfully designed costumes for Malaysian dance luminary Ramli Ibrahim and his New York City collaborator Janaki Patrik, Ming continues to create Gothic, Punk, Medieval, and Goddess fashions for the US and Japanese market. Her collections of wild, tattoo-shirts under the labels "Island Electric" and "Rock The World" were de rigueur among rock stars during the Glam days of the Eighties - to name a few: Bon Jovi, Kiss, Aerosmith, Europe, and Slaughter. Her designs were featured in the movie Wayne's World Two, Woodstock 1994 (adorning Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry), and worn prominently by Perry in their "Get A Grip" tour. Ming's Gothic dresses from her "Eternal" and "Eternal Love" collections were spotted on the likes of Blondie's Deborah Harry.

She is currently working on a series of children's books and character designs for her animation movies. Her mission is to combine philanthropy with her love for art and design. She has since settled down in a ranch near Los Angeles, with her rock-musician husband, Jens Kruse and their beloved dogs.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan
Shayne Hood began working in the animation industry in 1988. She currently teaches Introduction to Experimental Animation and Animation Workshop at Los Angeles Mission College. Shayne also serves as guest faculty at the Université de Toulouse- Le Mirail, ESAV teaching 3D Stereoscopy. She is the author of The Original Let's Animate! (chosen 2008 Homeschool.com Educational Gift Award) and Jeremy Can't Drink Milk (based on her film by the same name, presented at both the China 1st International Animation Festival and Taiwan International Animation Festival). Shayne continues to freelance while working on independent films such as I, Don Quixote.

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