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!