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Spirit of Acadiana: Deuxieme Vie Creative

Posted at 8:03 PM, May 11, 2020

LAFAYETTE, La. — At Deuxieme Vie Creative in Lafayette, you’re limited only by your need to recreate and repurpose.

Just ask owner Cindi Axtell.

“So, if you’re taking something and saving the earth, or making it better for future generations, how can that be wrong?” rhetorically asks Axtell.

To one person, all of this might be considered stuff. Junk. Throwaways.

But, let another set of eyes take a look, and items initially aimed for the trash become new again.

Welcome to Deuxime Vie Creative.

“Deuxieme’ means ‘second life’,” explains Axtell. “That’s what we do.”

There’s the old saying: One man’s trash…is another man’s treasure. And after a visit to this shop in downtown Lafayette, and a chat with owner Cindi Axtell, you might see these recycled treasures saving the planet.

“The environment could certainly use a helping hand, and there’s so many things out there that are beautiful if you just put them in a different context, right?” she says.

You might step into Deuxieme Vie Creative on a mission to get eco-friendly; but then the artist in you gets the juices flowing, and you start thinking, ‘What if?”

Axtell agrees.

“You don’t know," she says. "And there’s probably treasures in here that we don’t know and people come in looking for those treasures because we have quite an eclectic collection of things.”

It’s finding your personal environmental mission.

It’s unleashing the “why don’t we” in all of us.

And it’s exploring the artist within.

Deuxieme Vie Creative helps you put the three…together.

“So, I guess I was put here to serve,” Axtell says. “This is home; it’s my community. I want to support it in any way I can, and art is my passion.“

Deuxieme Vie Creative. It’s all about art, it’s all about imagination, it’s all about saving our planet.

How can you argue with any of those?

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