About Heidi

Heidi Phelps is an artist and illustrator from Washington, D.C. by way of Providence, Rhode Island. Heidi is the founder of Wayward Broad, an independent art studio established in 2011 that promotes empowerment for women and awareness of women’s issues through artistic expression.

Heidi's passion and drive to create art can be succinctly summarized by a famous quote from Jean-Luc Godard: Il faut confronter les idées vagues avec les images claires ("One must confront vague ideas with clear images"). Indeed, she is fascinated by the process of giving shape and form to ideas through images and conveying multiple messages through visual art.

Heidi's diverse list of artistic influences include Mexican Day of the Dead iconography, the Rider-Waite-Coleman-Smith tarot deck, Victorian-era mourning costumes and memento mori, vintage early to mid-century sewing patterns, stark and stylized illustrators and graphic designers from the 1950s and 1960s (Andy Warhol, Merimekko, M. Sasek, Paul Rand), Grimm’s fairy tales, Salvador Dali’s Alice in Wonderland sketches, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Frida Kahlo and Marjane Satrapi.

Heidi's work has been featured in The Guardian, BUST Magazine, UCLA's FEM Magazine and Offbeat Bride, and in gallery shows along the East Coast. Read more about her on Brightest Young Things.