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'It gave me something to strive for': Woman works at new hobby following cancer diagnosis

At a low point in her life, Heidi Hooper found a new hobby in an unlikely place: Her dryer. Hooper, who lives an hour outside of Philadelphia, has now collected dryer lint in nearly every color to create unique artwork. As the word spreads about her new talent, she’s never short on supplies. One of her most recent donations came from a Broadway seamstress.”People send me their dryer lint from all over the world,” Hooper told WFMZ. “I’ve gotten stuff from Australia and London.”Hooper lost mobility in her right hand when she was diagnosed with cancer. When she started washing the chenille throw blankets that were bringing her comfort during that time, she noticed how much lint they were producing. “So I just spent three years while I was sick just trying to figure out something to do with it. I tried everything,” she said. “So I took that monster and used it as a therapy so that every day it gave me something to strive for.”So far, Hooper has made numerous pieces, from cats to a portrait of “Saved by the Bell” star Mario Lopez. “It helps me cope because I have constant pain, so it helps me cope with it,” she said.To see more of Hooper’s work, click here.

At a low point in her life, Heidi Hooper found a new hobby in an unlikely place: Her dryer.

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Hooper, who lives an hour outside of Philadelphia, has now collected dryer lint in nearly every color to create unique artwork. As the word spreads about her new talent, she’s never short on supplies. One of her most recent donations came from a Broadway seamstress.

“People send me their dryer lint from all over the world,” Hooper told WFMZ. “I’ve gotten stuff from Australia and London.”

Hooper lost mobility in her right hand when she was diagnosed with cancer. When she started washing the chenille throw blankets that were bringing her comfort during that time, she noticed how much lint they were producing.

“So I just spent three years while I was sick just trying to figure out something to do with it. I tried everything,” she said. “So I took that monster and used it as a therapy so that every day it gave me something to strive for.”

So far, Hooper has made numerous pieces, from cats to a portrait of “Saved by the Bell” star Mario Lopez.

“It helps me cope because I have constant pain, so it helps me cope with it,” she said.

To see more of Hooper’s work, click here.