peggy juve: an artist wholly
By Patricia Belyea
LANGLEY WA Arriving at Peggy Juve’s home on Whidbey Island, I was enamored by, well, everything. Peggy and her husband of 35 years, Bob Hodges, have built a space that’s charming and chockfull of arty treasures.
Bob, a glass artist, has his own pieces as well as those of friends scattered throughout. On all the window sills, sunlight streams through an eclectic collection of fine art glasses.
Peggy admitted that she has been involved with creative endeavors her whole life. Encouraged as a child to pursue any interest, as an adult Peggy has painted silk, made designer clothing, painted art glass, painted with oils, co-owned Eddy’s—a shop featuring artist designed tees and one-of-a-kind wearables, and most recently become a digital textile artist.
Peggy produces her newest creations using “Ana,” her garment printer. She commented “Digital-to-garment printers are typically used for applying graphics to t-shirts. I stretch my machine’s capabilities, applying my designs to up-cycled clothing and luxury fabrics.”
One of the fabric artisans invited to present at StashFest 2014, Peggy has developed intriguing and cosy scarves from recycled jerseys and t-shirts.
Even more cushy are Peggy’s silk, wool and angora scarves. She bought a huge bolt of virgin angora in natural champagne for these deluxe wraps.
I love Peggy’s repurposed cotton, wool, rayon, cashmere and wool sweaters. She prints base graphics and then tastefully embellishes the artwork with appliques, bows and buttons.
At StashFest, Peggy will also have her signature pill hats in fleece, wool and cotton, plus placemats and art fabrics. Collaborating with other artists is another aspect of Peggy’s creations–such as her hat tops that feature art by Meredith MacLeod and Melissa Koch.
Thinking of quilters and pillow makers, Peggy designed a fantastical suite of botanical squares. StashFesters will be able to buy individual squares or multiples, printed on organic cotton, for P. Juve-inspired projects.
My stimulating afternoon ended with Peggy brewing us some tea in her handcrafted kitchen.
Sitting with her boisterous pugs, I discovered Peggy is a perennial volunteer for arts organizations on the island. Her latest passion is Island Shakespeare Festival, a free outdoor event that’s becoming a regional attraction!
We could have kept going but it was time to catch a ferry home. Lucky me, I was the last car on the 5pm ferry. Always a good omen.
StashFest :: One-of-a-Kind Fabrics and Designer Wearables
Sat, March 29 11-5 / Sun, March 30 10-3 FREE
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second Street, La Conner
Across the street from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum