About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Upcycling Plastic Bags around the World: Saving the Environment and Creating Jobs

Sara M Wiener



I am a 52 year old Jewish artist, environmentalist, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, mother, sister, and granddaughter of an amazing woman named Bella, also a survivor of the Holocaust. I am passionate about creativity and enthusiasm. My personal mission is to teach people all over the world how to take their trash and turn it into beautiful, useful products. Specifically, plastic bags. My grandmother, Bella, taught me how to sew and emphasized, "no waste, ever." (Add a Yiddish, Russian, German accent to that statement!) I am practicing my art form here in Bend by rescuing hundreds of thousands of plastic bags and vinyl billboards and banners and turning them into pieces of art, sculptural as well as functional.

We use how many plastic bags every minute around the world? How many of those end up in the oceans and waterways? How many fish and fowl die each day due to ingesting this plastic waste? What can I do to change these numbers? I can get out there and teach as many people as possible how to create beautiful and useful products out of plastic bags. Developing income generating projects using free materials: garbage found everywhere you look- and all one needs is an iron and a sewing needle and thread.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W