Heidi Hooper is creating Dryer Lint Art
14

patrons

$101
per month
ABOUT HEIDI HOOPER

After dozens of operations and radiation treatments, the cancerous tumor in Heidi Hooper’s upper right arm was finally killed, taking with it most of the arm itself. Another operation removed a muscle from her back and placed it on the arm to protect the bone, but provided no other function.

With this permanent handicap, Heidi Hooper knew her days as a metal sculptor were over. She had received her Sculpture degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, usually listed as one of the top five sculpture schools in the country, and had done Master’s work at UCLA in Long Beach and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (where she also taught for some time). Her work had been seen in galleries around the country and her artistic metal armor pieces had won her many costuming awards, including at Science Fiction’s biggest convention, Worldcon.

But then, at the turn of the century, she was left wondering what she could do. She could only work a few hours without pain, and often had to stick her arm into a machine that would massage it to treat the lymphedema she suffered.

One thing she knew: She would not give up. The monster inside her demanded that she create.

She tried sculpting in soft clays, making dolls of friends and famous people. This attracted coverage in some doll magazines and even got Peter Falk’s attention, who bought the one she had made of his character from “The Princess Bride.” But even creating those were painful for her.

Then she discovered dryer lint. The first work was quite primitive, but she persisted and taught herself how to make each piece more intricate than the previous. Galleries started to take notice, and it wasn’t long before Ripley’s Believe it or Not found her, featured her in one of their books, and bought her work to show in their museums around the world.

Her fame grew, and as the work got larger and more complicated, serious art collectors started buying her work. Consumer Reports did an side piece on her work (next to an article about dryers, of course) and called her “the Andy Warhol of dryer lint.” So she did a very large piece featuring Warhol which won her the prestigious Niche Award in 2014. (She’s been nominated for four others.) This led to a series honoring famous artists.

She’s never forgotten her fantasy and science fiction roots, though, and loves doing fantasy pieces for her own amusement. And in 2016, she was honored to be the Artist Guest of Honor for Albacon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Albany, New York, and then in 2017 she was the Artist Guest of Honor at the Heliosphere convention in Tarrytown, New York.

Heidi says she could not have done so much if it wasn’t for fans saving their more colorful lint and sending it to her. She thanks them each year with a free signed print.

She and her husband live in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. They have been married more than 30 years, and enjoy hearing the pitter patter of little feet around the house (they have four cats).

Her web page is HeidiHooper.com
Tiers
Lint Fan
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You're officially a patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. I very much appreciate your support!  

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Lover
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Lint Lovers will receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Freak
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Lint Freaks receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year, as well as random gifts such as cups or bags or other swag with my artwork (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Enthusiast
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Lint Enthusiasts receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year, as well as more and better random gifts such as an annual calendar, plus cups or bags or other swag with my artwork (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Connoisseur
$20 or more per month 1 patron
 Lint Connoisseurs receive signed autographed numbered and limited prints every year, as well as the absolute best gifts I can produce (maybe even an original piece of dryer lint art every once in a while) but also all the stuff mentioned previously (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).


All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership. 

Goals
$101 of $200 per month
I love going to galleries, art shows and science fiction conventions, but cannot afford to travel all over the country to attend some of the ones that have invited me.

If I can reach a goal of $200 a month, I can add some more conventions to my annual list and see more of you. Let me know if there is a convention, gallery or show near you that might be interested in my work!
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ABOUT HEIDI HOOPER

After dozens of operations and radiation treatments, the cancerous tumor in Heidi Hooper’s upper right arm was finally killed, taking with it most of the arm itself. Another operation removed a muscle from her back and placed it on the arm to protect the bone, but provided no other function.

With this permanent handicap, Heidi Hooper knew her days as a metal sculptor were over. She had received her Sculpture degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, usually listed as one of the top five sculpture schools in the country, and had done Master’s work at UCLA in Long Beach and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (where she also taught for some time). Her work had been seen in galleries around the country and her artistic metal armor pieces had won her many costuming awards, including at Science Fiction’s biggest convention, Worldcon.

But then, at the turn of the century, she was left wondering what she could do. She could only work a few hours without pain, and often had to stick her arm into a machine that would massage it to treat the lymphedema she suffered.

One thing she knew: She would not give up. The monster inside her demanded that she create.

She tried sculpting in soft clays, making dolls of friends and famous people. This attracted coverage in some doll magazines and even got Peter Falk’s attention, who bought the one she had made of his character from “The Princess Bride.” But even creating those were painful for her.

Then she discovered dryer lint. The first work was quite primitive, but she persisted and taught herself how to make each piece more intricate than the previous. Galleries started to take notice, and it wasn’t long before Ripley’s Believe it or Not found her, featured her in one of their books, and bought her work to show in their museums around the world.

Her fame grew, and as the work got larger and more complicated, serious art collectors started buying her work. Consumer Reports did an side piece on her work (next to an article about dryers, of course) and called her “the Andy Warhol of dryer lint.” So she did a very large piece featuring Warhol which won her the prestigious Niche Award in 2014. (She’s been nominated for four others.) This led to a series honoring famous artists.

She’s never forgotten her fantasy and science fiction roots, though, and loves doing fantasy pieces for her own amusement. And in 2016, she was honored to be the Artist Guest of Honor for Albacon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Albany, New York, and then in 2017 she was the Artist Guest of Honor at the Heliosphere convention in Tarrytown, New York.

Heidi says she could not have done so much if it wasn’t for fans saving their more colorful lint and sending it to her. She thanks them each year with a free signed print.

She and her husband live in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. They have been married more than 30 years, and enjoy hearing the pitter patter of little feet around the house (they have four cats).

Her web page is HeidiHooper.com

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Tiers
Lint Fan
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You're officially a patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. I very much appreciate your support!  

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Lover
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Lint Lovers will receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Freak
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Lint Freaks receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year, as well as random gifts such as cups or bags or other swag with my artwork (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Enthusiast
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Lint Enthusiasts receive a signed autographed numbered and limited print every year, as well as more and better random gifts such as an annual calendar, plus cups or bags or other swag with my artwork (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).

All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.
Lint Connoisseur
$20 or more per month 1 patron
 Lint Connoisseurs receive signed autographed numbered and limited prints every year, as well as the absolute best gifts I can produce (maybe even an original piece of dryer lint art every once in a while) but also all the stuff mentioned previously (as well as my sincere thanks for your support!).


All my patrons receive discounts on artwork, relative to the monthly support amount and the length of their membership.