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: Zoe Wylechenko and Zoe Jones Designs

Zoe Wylechenko is a fashion designer and is bringing two very vibrant concepts to the festival. She’s been doing some version of sewing from used clothing since high school in the mid 80s.  Zoe loves shopping secondhand and feels it truly is amazing the things that you can find that someone was finished with.  Many of the items still have so much purpose and Zoe says it feels great to give it a new life, using her imagination to recreate something versus letting it just go wasted and end up in a landfill.

Zoe continues, “Another thing I love is patchwork.  My grandmother was an amazing seamstress and creator of hand sewn quilts for her family and friends.  Her talent of combining colors, textures and fabrics was an inspiration and I believe I was lucky enough to glean some of that.”

Fingerless gloves are made entirely by repurposing old sweaters. Zoe searches secondhand shops, the bins, garages sales or wherever for the best quality of wool and cashmere sweaters. Then she washes them, cuts them open to use a the fabric for her gloves. Combinations of strips cut and sewn together to make a one-of-a-kind piece.Gloves - multiple designs - zoe wylychenko

Skirts with pockets are made from secondhand t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters and any other clothing item that stretches. Zoe says “I reinvent necklines and cuffs to create the skirt pocket. I combine strips of various colors, patterns, and textures for the end result of a unique and artfully designed skirt. Everything is easy to take care of, comfortable and exciting to wear.”

 

 

You can hear Zoe’s love for what she does. ” Reclaimed materials are the best.  Hunting for cashmere and wool in good condition – the thrill is definitely in the hunt.  Going to garage sales, digging in bins, taking donations from friends’ closets – treasures galore!  Something with a stain in it, for me that’s an opportunity to figure out how to use it in a different way.  A moth eaten sweater provides a creative way of patching together pieces that end up making a one-of-a-kind combination.  The warmth and feel of something previously worn and washed up just adds to the aesthetic of my designs.”

Zoe Wylenchenko and Zoe Jones Design is at Table #20.

Artist Spotlight: Penelope Bellus and Oh Sew Penny

When Penny’s mother taught her to sew when she was twelve years old, she
immediately fell in love with the craft.  She started making her own clothes and
later made her daughter’s clothes, as well as children’s clothes and baby
comforters for a children’s store.  Though she took a break while pursuing
a “real” job, sewing has remained a creative outlet for her throughout her
life.

Penny has been recycling for many years, and recently started to mesh that
with her craft.  She discovered that there are so many vintage linens still out there that
are not being used because they have holes or stains.  Many of these end
up in the landfill.  All of my aprons are made from vintage linens, most from the 1940s and 50s. She mainly uses tablecloths, but also has feed sacks, dish towels, and vintage yardage and embellishes them with doilies, hankies, dresser scarves, rick rack, and lace.  OSP p4

Penny says, “They don’t make cottons of this quality anymore, and
I love being able to upcycle them. I can cut around the flaws and make
my aprons.  Something considered useless is now a work of art, as well
as something useful once again.”oh Sew Penny aprons

 

Penelope Bellus and Oh Sew Penny are located at Table #13.

Artist Spotlight: Bettie Egerton

Bettie Egerton has always loved all kinds of arts and crafts….sewing, jewelry making, painting, crocheting, and fabric arts.  She has loved the variety and trying new crafts, but the expense of buying the necessary tools, plus materials and supplies  became prohibitive until she decided to find supplies at garage sales and thrift stores. IMG_1290 - Bettie Egerton

“I started buying ugly, outdated clothes and taking them apart to use the fabric, and buttons on other projects.  I learned about repurposing old clothes.  The idea of making aprons out of used men’s shirts is not mine, but I have embraced it whole-heartedly.  I go to the thrift store and only buy shirts that on half price and as I think of all those businessmen who have given up wearing dress shirts and ties because they no longer work, I’m sure they would be happy to see those shirts repurposed and being used as aprons. “IMG_1288 - Bettie Egerton

wine bottles 4 - Bettie EgertonAnd the wine bottles?  A true wine country resident, Bettie quips that empty wine bottles are not hard to find at my house  and when she discovered fairy lights attached to a cork…viola….a new fun decor item was invented. Last Christmas, her house was filled with lighted wine bottles decorated with winter scenes and embellished with pine cones and Christmas ribbon.  Bettie reminds us that they also make great summer patio ambiance lighting. 

“My crafting is my passion and reusing materials that might end up in the landfill just adds to the joy of my hobby.”

Bettie Egerton is located at Table #35.