Gifts down to a fine art
DABBLING in arts and crafts is known to be good for you in many ways.
A person having problems can gain a different perspective on life by working with their creative side.
Arts and crafts focus the mind, and this can be beneficial as a form of relaxation.
And so it was for the 75 or so hands-on enthusiasts who worked their magic on raw materials at the ArtsConnect Creative Generation event at the North Ipswich Corporate Centre on Tuesday.
The round-table production lines were turning out unique Christmas table centrepieces including seed pods, jewellery, baskets, greetings cards, origami, creative stitching and textile brooches.
Picture Ipswich website co-ordinators were screening their wonderful collection of historic images, while SeniorNet was showing how to save and edit photos on a computer.
A grant from the Council on the Ageing funded the workshops.
Salvation Army Riverview Gardens volunteers Pat Johnstone and Betty Stevenson are craft-work veterans, having run a class once a week for eight years at the aged-care centre.
Ten elderly ladies and one man currently take advantage of the activities.
"We went to (Ipswich) hospice first and learnt a few crafts," Ms Johnstone said.
"I go on the internet and learn different things.
"The residents are willing to try anything we throw at them.
"We do the prep work at home if it's harder."
It was the first time at Creative Generation for the two volunteers and their "students".
Ms Stevenson is sold on the benefits of art and craft activities for ageing residents.
"It gets them out of their rooms and to mix," she said.
"It's pretty lonely for them in their rooms all day."
Cheap day at cinema for seniors
SENIORS' Week continues with a cheap cinema day tomorrow.
The new-release movie on offer is The Hundred Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren.
Limelight Cinemas at Riverlink Shopping Centre is the venue.
Screening time is from 9.30am to noon. Senior cinema-goers will pay just $5 per person.
Bookings are essential and can be made on 38106666 or in person at Ipswich City Council's Customer Service Centre, 143 Brisbane St, Ipswich, weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
ArtsConnect will hold The Knot Fibre Festival textile workshops from September 12 to 15 at Ipswich Community Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Place.
Presented by professional tutors, the workshops focus on silk painting, weaving, building a loom, felting and basic machine sewing.
Register and pay at Google site: theknotfibrefestival/ or at the Vintage Advantage, 185 Brisbane St, Ipswich.
ArtsConnect membership inquiries to 0421749736.