Wayward was founded in 2014 by Leslie Levings and Lauren Miller, two artists and old friends, to create a space where they and other creators could work on their art seemingly outside of space and time. The beauty and solitude of Quadra, where Lauren makes her home, was the perfect site. Now in its fifth year, Wayward has become a place where womxn artists can create, escape, collaborate, grow, relax, and explore. Wayward seeks to build a safe environment where every artist who enters can deepen their craft and listen to their inner voice. Wayward believes in the power of trees and lakes and oceans to reinvigorate artists — especially once internet and cell phones are gone. Wayward believes in the deep connection between artists and the creative energy that can inspire a group when they come together to make art side-by-side.
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CAMP DIRECTOR / DEN MOTHER
Leslie explores natural history and world-building through her sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in galleries around the country, and as far away as Tokyo. Her Beastlies: an ongoing line of small but expressive monsters collected by fans around the world, have also gained recognition, and Leslie is currently working with Bad Robot Productions and Mattel Toys to bring the world of the Beastlies to life.
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES / WOOD NYMPH
Lauren’s diverse life growing up on Quadra Island and around the world led her to reflect deeply on how we are powerfully shaped by our environments and how we interact with them. Her current practice in massage and craniosacral therapy emerged organically from a background in biology and environmental studies, particularly freshwater and plant ecology. She now practices and teaches biodynamic craniosacral therapy, as well as a living anatomy meditation course. Integrating bodywork, ecology, art, and gardening makes for a fascinating mixture of experience – she is continually inspired by the profound intelligence expressed by our living bodies, and the big world they live in.
Shing Yin Khor
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS / SWAMP WITCH
Shing is a cartoonist and installation artist exploring new human rituals, collections, and memory, through comics and large scale art structures. They founded the immersive installation art crew Three Eyed Rat, which built space desert apothecaries, decrepit space salvage stations in the forest, and lumberjack-themed bars. Shing creates comics at the intersection of race, immigrant stories, and queerness. and is currently working on a full-length historical fiction graphic novel with Kokila (Penguin Random House) about a young Chinese logging camp cook in the Sierra Nevadas telling Paul Bunyan tales.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING / CREATIVE SPIRIT GUIDE
Lauren is an LA-based immersive theater director and filmmaker. They are also the Executive Director of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. With their immersive theater company Capital W, Lauren has created multiple shows including Hamlet-Mobile, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet staged in a cargo van. Hamlet-Mobile was included in the Applause anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festival 2015 and is the winner of the Best Game Design award at the 2016 IndieCade Festival of Independent Games. Lauren regularly directs the comedy show Lost Moon Radio in Los Angeles. When not writing or directing, Lauren enjoys coaching artists on the creative process.
Lyla Warren | animator & sculptor
Nell Rutledge-Leverenz | writer
Eva Funderburgh | sculptor & ceramicist
Katy DiSavino | television writer & playwright
Pam Wishbow | illustrator
Sarra Scherb | writer & gallerist
Lauren Ludwig | director & writer
Leslie Levings | sculptor
Shing Yin Khor | installation artist, comic artist & illustrator
Lauren Miller | craniosacral & massage therapist
Lauren Wong | illustrator & animator