Artist Spotlight: Peggy LaPoint and Psoup handmade

Peggy LaPoint learned how to sew as a kid, but it wasn’t until she was a working adult that she pulled out a machine that her husband had bought her a few years earlier. It was a basic sewing machine that Rick had seen in the returns section of a store and bought it as a surprise because he thought she might like it.  She had a job that was not enjoyable and she hoped the sewing would give her some joy.

“I had decided to take the machine out and start sewing on it but first I needed to practice, so I went to SCRAP to pick up some inexpensive fabric. I fell in love with the upholstery fabric samples and started playing around with them. Soon I was finding other types of material there and through friends who worked at places where leftover or excess material was going to be thrown out. I have been picking them up for over 15 years now and creating pillows, handbags & tabletop items with them that I sell to boutiques, museum stores and art shows!”6CD48A02-B564-4F06-9C2B-436A3F816344 - Peggy LaPoint

Peggy discovered she loved taking items that would otherwise go to the landfill and turn them into something, not just functional, but interesting and unexpected.  “Every few months I`ll be given something completely different and it challenges me to think of new ideas or designs.”   Former tent awnings get turned into totes, upholstery fabric samples get repurposed into purses and pouches, and theatre curtain liners get transformed into farmers market bags. Each season brings new materials, so many of Peggy’s items are limited-run!375FFB8A-E8D4-461A-9260-24B360A4089B - Peggy LaPoint

Peggy designed her 8-pocket tote to fit into her bike`s saddle bags. The 8 pockets on the outside help to keep all items organized.  Her purses, clutches, handbags and pouches are made from upholstery fabric samples, cut-off pieces of sunbrella and leather scraps (most purchased at SCRAP). Vintage curtain fabrics are used to make purses and she also use photo backdrop with old logos from radio stations to make grocery totes. vinyl banner bags Peggy LaPoint

Peggy LaPoint and Psoup handmade is located at Table #20.


Artist Spotlight: Joyce Kelly and Joyce Kelly Designs

Joyce Kelly, a Portland, Oregon native, has been sewing and designing since her childhood in Multnomah where she and her girlfriends played with their paper dolls in the girl’s restroom in Multnomah Grade School (now Multnomah Art Center). As a high school senior she won second place in the Singer Teen Sewing contest for the state of Oregon. She majored in clothing and textiles at OSU with dreams of a career in fashion or costume design.

Marriage, a move to California and the arrival of her children put her dreams aside for a bit. However the garments she created for her children turned out to be the start of her toddler clothing line, Daisy Originals, which was carried in stores in the San Francisco bay area.Bridge Luncheon Assemblage - Joyce Kelly

Several years later, a move back to Portland found her teaching creative sewing classes at an S. W. fabric store. When patchwork designs became fashion “musts”, Joyce designed a patchwork skirt pattern for one of her classes. With this design Patches of Joy, Creative Sew Patterns, was born. That skirt was the first of over 40 patterns, 6 books and a contract with McCall pattern company as well as national seminars, trade shows and media articles for Joyce and Patches of Joy.

Now, Joyce has retired only Patches of Joy Patterns. She designs and creates handbags and home décor items for galleries, museum stores and specialty boutique shops.Vintage Purse Frame - Joyce Kelly

Joyce explains,  “Fabric has always been my “go-to” when I create so when I discovered a decorator showroom wanting to get rid of their discontinued sample pieces I jumped at the chance to collect them rather than let them be added to a landfill. I have been picking them up for about 15 years now and creating handbags & pillows with them!Antique Metal & Rhinestone Frame - Joyce Kelly

“My current endeavor is creating new purses using antique/vintage purse frames that I salvage when they are no longer usable as a purse as the original fabric has not survived the passage of time. I select fabric from my stash of beautiful samples to pair with each frame creating a one-of-a kind purse that can now be used or placed on display. Some of the beaded bags that are still attached to the frames, but beyond use, I mount with other assorted items in shadow boxes to create interesting assemblages.”

Joyce Kelly and Joyce Kelly Designs is at Table #23.

Artist Spotlight: Aundrea Harris and Underwood Estates

Over her life, Aundrea Harris learned her art from a mishmash of experiences and hobbies. Designing came early as a floral designer for the Portland Rose Festival and jewelry designer for one of her first jewelry design companies in the 1980s.  Aundrea’s  passion for art and beauty extended from flowers and beads to incorporate textiles and vintage

To create beauty from recycled pieces all while reducing trash, is not only a skill, but a passion.  Aundera explains, ” Reclaimed materials are some of the best items to work with. Millions of pounds of fibers and textiles are disposed of daily. We discard damaged clothing when we stain it, so why not utilize the remains and create beauty?bags

“Beauty can be found in just about everything, one must just expand their creative mind! Not only does working with reclaimed materials help eliminate trash on our planet, but it also creates beauty out of something one never would have expected. Beauty is in everything…just look.”more jewels

Aundrea Harris and Underwood Estates is at Table #10.