Foundlings Press 2018 Wallace Award Guest Book Artist
Foundlings books by Edreys:
Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer, and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions in each. His approach in each endeavor is unique, high-quality, and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life.
As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship, and passion to inspire people are what drive his spirit of entrepreneurship.
From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife, to touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall, which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, seven of which he painted with his unique style and use of line.