Making art out of dryer lint is very time consuming and tiring! That’s why it takes a long time between my pieces.
Most of my work now is 11 by 14 inches because it’s easier to deal with. However, lately I have been making my “artist tribute” pieces at a larger size (24 inches by 36 inches).
I draw the picture out on heavy poster board first. Sometimes I use a photograph as a reference, and sometimes I just draw what I like (such as the more fantasy-oriented works). I will often do a number of pieces at once, going through each color very carefully.
The pictures below show me working on a piece I did a few years ago, based on a photograph of a friend’s daughter and her cat. Because of my limitations, I can only work so many hours per day, so each piece takes many days to complete. I have no strength in my right arm and must move very slowly and carefully with the tweezers.
SEND ME LINT!
I can only do so much laundry!
I therefore very much appreciate it when people mail me colorful lint I can use. And to thank people, I send out signed limited edition prints once a year.
I am looking for colors that are hard to find (including pure white and dark black). I don’t need grays!
Please pack them flat and use a piece of paper to separate each one.
MAIL TO: Heidi Hooper, PO Box 349, Tannersville, Pennsylvania 18372.
Thanks to all those who have sent me lint over the years! (If I have forgotten to list you here, please email me and remind me!):
Mary Allen Buss
Catherine Taylor D’Alessio
Helen Halla Fleischer
Dina Flockhart (of Cloak and Dagger Creations)
Mendel’s Far Out Fabrics