Artist Spotlight: Peggy White

Written by: Kaitlyn

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s very important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. (The newest box just went on pre-order in the shop!) The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

Peggy White is the creator of adorable work and is always helping other artists in their creative pursuits. 

Peggy and I immediately started talking about how we are both sensitive souls and how that's our strength, but not something everyone necessarily understands. 

"They want the niceness that comes with being a sensitive person, but they don't like the bad," Peggy said. She continued to talk about how our low moments, make us appreciate our high moments even more so: 

"I'm okay with the mountains and the valleys. The highs at the lows."

She also discussed the importance of validating other people's emotions, including your own. 

"I think some people get in competitions about who is having a worse day. It's human nature to be competitive. But I think being competitive with our emotions is unhealthy."

Peggy's love for art started from a young age and she entered (and won) many coloring contests at the age of five and continued her passion in art school. 

"I remember in art school there were kids that were super existential and then there was me who was like, 'here's a cute drawing of an octopus,'" Peggy laughed recalling how her art was seen as commercial in college, but how she was fine with that because that was her. 

When Peggy moved to a different city a few years ago, she had a hard time finding a job. 

"I found a few jobs," Peggy admitted. "but I knew I would be settling, so I thought that I would make my own." 

From this, Peggy took a jump and started her own paper art business: Chateau Blanche.  This step not only opened the door for Peggy to start her own business, but started to get her name and work out into the community through art shows and gave her freedom to embrace her own emotions. 

We had a lengthy discussion about the importance of personal days in the professional world and how they tend to not be valued or recognized as legitimate. In running her own business, Peggy has been able to fully embrace her emotional wellness and balance with work. 

"I don't think you do yourself any favors going into work when you're emotionally unsettled," Peggy said. 

Peggy is currently working on an art show for DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City, OK featuring wooden pieces painted with animals in the circus that aren't supposed to be in the circus. Peggy gave me a little preview of her work and the show is going to be beyond adorable. 

For Chateau Blanche, Peggy is also working on her first patches for the shop. 

Crybaby Bio: 

What She Created: 

"Get Tissues" Notepad

What Makes Her Cry: 

Any extreme feeling: extreme sadness, happiness, anger, excitement, etc. 

Advice to Fellow Crybabies: 

Make your bed every morning. You'll see why after you do it. And meditate

Say, "Hey!" to Peggy on her website and Instagram!

Artist Spotlight: Phaedra Peer

Written by: Kaitlyn

Four times a year, we here at The Crybaby Club create a subscription box full of art and products that creatives in our very own community have created. Our hope for these boxes is that it spreads not only love, but also helps promote the wonderful souls among us.

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s very important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. (The newest box just went on pre-order TODAY in the shop!) The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

Phaedra first found The Crybaby Club on Instagram and knew she wanted to get creatively involved in some way because the dialogue of embracing your emotions stood out to her. 

"Being in the creative industry I think is a very cathartic way of dealing with feelings," Phaedra said. "It's nice to be able to approach them in a way where you get to express yourself through your work without having to have the conventional sit down, serious chat." 

For the subscription box itself, Phaedra wanted to create a print that lifted up other women's senses of self worth, so she created a mermaid print that reads, "Plenty more fish in the sea--but I'm a mermaid."

"i just wanted to make something that kind of resonated with girls and their self worth," Phaedra said. "it's a bit of a 'good luck replacing me!' vibe."

Phaedra just launched her new clothing line, which has been an interesting transition for her to make from the art she's been working on for the past few years. 

"It's lots of fun, vibrant and slightly creepy prints that are totally empowering," Phaedra said. 

You can check out her new shop here.   

 

Crybaby Bio: 

What She Created:

Mermaid Print

What Makes Her Cry: 

Brexit, Trump, institutional Racism, Undercover Boss

Advice to Fellow Crybabies: 

Take your broken heart and turn it into art. 

Check out Phaedra on Instagram and send her some love!

 

The Evolution of Crybaby Characters

Written by:  Grace Treutel

If I asked you to name some strong, empowered female characters, it'd be easy to come up with a handful of answers on the spot: Jynn Urso, Cersei Lannister, Captain Janeway, Black Widow, any Sigourney Weaver character.

There's definitely no shortage of kickass female heroes in our media these days. It's like a Renaissance of Feminine Badassery, and I can't get enough.

But what do all of those female characters have in common?

They're stone-cold, hardened leaders who not only wield power and intellect like weapons, but they never reveal emotional weakness - or, oftentimes, any emotions at all.

This has long been the way of showing that a certain female character is a 'force to be reckoned with.' If a woman is shown as cold, rational, steely and tough, it is evident to viewers that she's a Strong Woman. That's how we most often perceive strength, after all; emotional people are historically not considered strong people, since their inability to mask emotion is considered a weakness.

Just consider the long history of crybabies on-screen.

Cry babies have been earning their screen time with melodramatic tears since the dawn of modern media. We had beloved characters like I Love Lucy's Lucy Ricardo in the Golden Age of Television, cracking up audiences with a well-timed signature wail. She paved the way for the likes of The Nanny's Fran Drescher, Married with Children's Peggy Bundy, Will and Grace's Grace Adler, and Rachel Green from Friends, the latter of whom couldn't seem to face a single life problem without hand-flapping and crocodile tears.

One thing that all of these fictional women shared was that their tears were comedic devices. When Lucy tore out of a room wailing, it was funny! When Rachel and Monica got so overwhelmed by their feelings that their words became downright unintelligible, we laughed! It was silly, these silly girls and their silly feelings. Even Holly Golightly's meltdown at discovering her brother's death in Breakfast at Tiffany's was so over-the-top that it was laughable, though the 60's were a weird time for movies.

There was a period where it seemed impossible that audiences would ever get a representation of a woman who might be both: a strong woman who was formidable but also shed a few tears here and there. A woman who was a fleshed-out character, a real representation of what it meant to be in touch with your emotions, but still impressive. A woman that represented any one of us, proud members of the Crybaby Club.

And then came the new millennium.

I'm not going to say that Buffy Summers was the very first female character to embody both the complexity of emotions and the intensity of strength, but I am going to assert that she may have been the most impactful. She was a girl preoccupied with vampires and fashion and sharp one-liners, and there were several times when she was overwhelmed by it all and burst into tears.

The difference was that when Buffy cried, there was no laugh track. There was no male character who would exasperatedly roll his eyes or waltz in to 'save' her. No one dismissed her tears as 'overreacting,' and no one winced at the sight of them. Instead, viewers everywhere empathized. They cared that Buffy was strong and cared even more that she was human. This holistic, well-rounded portrayal of a strong woman resonated with viewers everywhere.

It resonated deeply enough, in fact, that it impacted future crybaby characters.

Dr. Elliot Reid from Scrubs was a woman prone to bouts of self-doubt, hysteria, and all-out sobfests. While a few of these were comic relief, she wasn't. She was still one of the main characters and arguably a stronger doctor than her her male counterparts. She was framed as a character we should respect and admire, even though she ugly cried sometimes.

Veronica from Veronica Mars was similar to Buffy. She might not have been superhuman but she had superhuman P.I. skills, and she had her own moments where emotions caught up to her. But, also like Buffy, these poignant moments were sprinkled into an overall arc of her kicking ass and taking names, and never once was Veronica portrayed as weak.

And now, in the 2010's, we're flooded with awesome fictional females who can shed a few tears and still be taken seriously.

Leslie Knope from Parks & Rec loves with her whole heart and gets teary at times, but she's also an unstoppable political force for good in her small community (and later, D.C.). Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones has repeatedly proven that having a gentle soul and romantic dreams doesn't mean you can't be made of steel when it matters.  Jessica Jones of Marvel's Jessica Jones is suffering from serious PTSD and oftentimes lets it get the best of her, but she ultimately defeats her own demons while learning to face her past pain.

Red from Orange is the New Black gets honorable mention since she's the second Kate Mulgrew character referenced in this article, though Mulgrew's portrayal of the Russian inmate is a far cry from tough, hard-shelled Captain Janeway. They're both head bitches in charge, but Red shows us her softer side in how deeply she cares for others and feels the pain of her time lost while still pulling the prison’s strings.

These are only a few examples plucked from the flood of awesome Crybaby Characters we're given these days, and I am so delighted with and proud of the way writers and audiences are embracing Emotional Women. It's no longer blindly accepted that when a woman cries, she is weak, silly, or comedic. Instead, people are embracing the truth that a woman can have a soft side and cry now and then, but still be a force to be reckoned with.

Or, in other words...

We may cry, but we can still get things done.