Plastics. A new and important commodity to invest in back in 1967 when "The Graduate" was made. It has since been propelled to essential status. Products made of plastic could potentially last decades, yet our main use of them is for inexpensive, single-use items the disposal of which contribute to a multitude of environmental problems.
Lou takes those dog food bags, or the plastic bags you get from Target & Walmart, layers them, and, with a warm iron, fuses them into a textile she can use to create tote bags, hats, cosmetic cases, and even a rain coat.
Sometimes referred to as trashion, her pieces are unique, colorful, sturdy, and very popular, especially when customers find packaging from their favorite products being used. If you don't catch her at a local craft show, you can purchase from Lou's Upcycles on Etsy.
In her "spare" time, Lou chairs the board for the Artisans of Western Mass. and is one of several dedicated members working on new ways to promote and market handmade in Western Mass.