If huge crowds and waiting in long lines isn’t your thing, you may want to look a little closer to home for your holiday shopping.
One store in Downtown Lafayette is a locally owned non-profit that supports local artist and is saving the environment.
“It’s not traditional art by any beautiful just the same.”
She’s turning trash into treasure Cindi Axtell opened Deuxieme Vie Creative one year ago with the hopes of challenging the community to be more creative and save the environment.
“Take those items and create art with them find new uses for them we don’t care if you take it home and love it as it is or if you take it home and make it into something new just so long as it does not go into the landfill.”
As an artist herself she invites fellow repurpose creatives to showcase their work as long as it 75-100% made of re-purposed materials.
She adds, “You don’t have to go buy something new to make something work you can be creative use what you have we don’t need to keep producing stuff and then throwing it away.”
“I think having spaces where you mind can expand more than what it’s used to is important,” says one shopper.
Though Deuxieme Vie Creative is a small shop, Barrington Lopez believes business like these are essential to the economy.
Barrington says, “…local businesses make up the bulk of the economy and if local businesses aren’t supported I think impacts everyone.”
Lopez adds having an outlet to be creative keeps the mind sharp
“Creativity in one area sparks creativity in other areas and I think having creative spaces helps both adults in their work and also people who are trying to figure out how to solve problems those are all solved by creativity.”
So Cindi is basically saving the world one piece of art at a time.
She says, “…it’s all art bases environmental based and its just time for a change.”
Cindi says they hope to soon start creative art work shops where you can come in and make your own art! To keep up with all things Dieuxieum Vie Creative you can click here or just pull up to their store front at 549 Jefferson Street.