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 fourth year, Wayward has become a place where female artists can create, escape, collaborate, grow, relax, and explore. Wayward seeks to build a safe environment where every artist who enters can deepen her craft and listen to her 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.
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. Leslie has also gained recognition as the creator of the Beastlies: an ongoing line of small but expressive monsters collected by fans around the world. Her Beastlies and other creations have appeared in several publications, including the cover of the farewell issue of Nintendo Power. Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and one too many cats.
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 sculptor, cartoonist, and installation artist, building universes and collections filled with awkward creatures and yearning people trapped in a world of bumbling science and heroic futility. Her themes are inspired by old museums, cabinets of curiosities, pre-Linnaean taxonomy, and the quiet horror of colonial era collecting. She writes travel memoir comics at the intersection of the immigrant experience, builds large immersive installation art out in the desert, and sculpts anxious monsters, all of which indulge her love of recreational logistics and road trips. Her recent large installation project, The Last Apothecary, received a Burning Man honorarium grant (her second!), and she is currently finishing her first full length graphic novel about traveling Route 66 (which she drafted at Wayward).
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING / CREATIVE SPIRIT GUIDE
Lauren is an LA-based director, writer, and theater deviser. She is also the Director of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. Hamlet-Mobile, Lauren's adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet staged in a cargo van (which she wrote at Wayward), was recently included in the Applause anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festival 2015 and is the winner of the Best Game Design award at IndieCade 2016. Lauren regularly directs the comedy show Lost Moon Radio, with whom she has several television projects in development. Lauren also founded the filmmaking collective Darty Hall; with them she wrote and directed the feature, 5 Pilgrims. When not writing or directing, Lauren enjoys teaching screenwriting and coaching artists on the creative process.
- Lyla Warren | animator & sculptor
- Nell Rutledgedleverenz | 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