Stacy Bass: The Library’s Bag Lady

The autumn bag

The autumn bag

Long before Westport’s plastic shopping bag ban, the Westport Library sold cloth bags.

They were fine — plain, with a logo — but when supplies ran low, director Maxine Bleiweis saw a chance to jazz things up.  She asked photographer Stacy Bass to design a new one.

With typical panache Bass came up with not 1, but 4:  a bag for each season.

The images came from her archives.  Photography was always Bass’s passion, but the 1984 Staples grad took detours through law school, the movie industry and motherhood before returning to it as a career.  Her clients now include home and garden magazines, architects and designers.

“It’s nice to give something back to Westport,” Bass says.  “And now I’m making my mark visually.  My previous work for the library was more behind the scenes, and a lot less creative.”

Bass spent 10 years on the library board, including 1 as the youngest president ever.   She also chaired the development committee.

The winter one

The winter one

The 1984 Staples grad has fond memories of the Westport Library, including the original building across the Post Road (now Starbucks).  “It’s nice to maintain the connection,” she says.

Though Bass has not yet seen anyone tote her bag, she will soon.  They’re on sale at this weekend’s book sale.

“It’ll be interesting to see which one is the favorite,” Bass says.

Or how many people buy all 4.

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