Loren has been tying knots in various materials for the last half century or so, mostly in string and rope, but accepted a challenge to try it in precious metal and ended up developing techniques that allowed him to both create knotted jewelry, and to teach others. Recently retired (again), he still makes some jewelry and teaches, but spends more time just tying cotton bracelets for kids, making jigsaw puzzles, and dancing.
Category: Artist Guest
Kristi Deeley is an artist, photographer, crafter, avid DIYer, and unabashed second-generation nerd. She can often be found curled up with a book or comic book, binging her favorite shows with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, building or breaking something in the back yard, rolling fat fistfuls of dice, hunting shinies, or streaming her latest project on Twitch at ungodly hours of the night. Kristi lives in Newport News with her brilliant writer husband Jim, their five kitties, and, like, a bunch of hermit crabs.
Heidi Hooper is the Dryer Lint Lady—believe it or not! Her work can be seen in museums and galleries around the world, including Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums. You may have also seen her on ABC TV’s To Tell The Truth show recently with Mel Brooks. A graduate of VCU and the Massachusetts College of Art, she is also a master costumer who has competed and judged at the Worldcon level. Consumer Reports calls her “The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint” but you can call her Heidi.
Chris Impink has been illustrating webcomics for over ten years. His latest project is Sledgebunny: a sports-anime-inspired comic that takes place in the fast-paced world of flat-track roller derby. This follows on the heels of Fragile Gravity, a strip that featured independent comics, conventions, and an invasion of penguins from space. He’s also worked with conventions in the DC area for over twenty years, including Katsucon, where his Iron Artitst competition provided some of the inspiration for Super Art Fight. He created the Wheel of Death, for a time held the Tag Team title as a member of Team Impact. His work has also been seen in The Babylon Project role-playing game, and Antarctic Press’ Mangazine and Ninja High School anthologies.
Nikole McDonald-Jones–a.k.a Spooni* or Zerospoonz in some circles–is an Artist… of many disciplines. She is a classically trained operatic singer and pianist, is a practicing linguist of five languages, a trained dancer and choreographer, and holds a BFA in Illustration and Kinetic Imagery. She currently works for Ubisoft by day and on the off hours records VoiceOver work, creates internet content and develops for side gaming projects such as Skywind.
Before relocating to Raleigh, NC, she worked with Yellowhouse and DarkLondon Films on area productions as a fight choreographer & props manager for many stunts and actor fight reels and was the voice of the Red Rocks Music Festival.
You can find any and all of her works all across the internet but she is mostly found on Instagram or either live streaming on her Official Twitch & Youtube channels.