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PACE Elder Art - Sewing & Embroidery Program

Posted: February 16, 2011    
Article by Paulette Sewell-Reid
Photos by Nancy J Conrad

Sewing and embroidery have been a part of human cultures almost ever since there have been human beings. What makes sewing so magical is that its functionality can be transformed into artistic achievement. 

At PACE, our elders have reclaimed this heritage and woven together the artistry and expertise of a group of women spanning four languages, three continents, four countries and several different cultures. Despite their differences, these artists share in common a love of sewing and embroidery. This interest fosters camaraderie across the barrier of language, ability and age.

Art Reception - Photos
The Artists - Photos
-- Watercolors I
-- Watercolors II
Sewing - Photos
Woodworking - Photos
Art Therapy

The therapeutic effect of sewing and embroidery is intrinsically understood by crafters themselves. This is not just a way for participants to occupy their time. Embroidery and sewing foster a passionate dedication in participants regardless of challenges such as arthritis and poor eyesight. Recent studies promote the idea that crafting activities may have neurolog ical and behavioral benefits. Certainly participants experience social benefits as they work together toward a common goal.

Even more, perhaps, the craftwork itself unleashes a zest for the creative act itself. Age does not diminish the passion these participants display as they design their projects, choose their threads and needles, and evaluate material. Every new project brings with it fresh anticipation and every finished project brings joy in a job well done. Some may contend that sewing and embroidery are old fashioned; that they represent a dying and soon to be lost art.

At PACE, however, it is a living medium. Beauty and simplicity here belie the hard work, commitment and love each participant has put into these pieces; they foster the awe in all of us in the human ability to create.
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