COMMUNITY arts program, Sew Simply celebrated its fifth birthday this week with three long-standing members.
The not-for-profit program began under the auspices of Deb Saunders, who was teaching a small group of women different crafts before settling on the humble sewing machine.
Since then, Gaye Dempsey, Nakita Close and Sylvia Dover have been contributing to the program and community with their art.
Now operating under the direction of SWAMP, (South West Alternative Medium Project) founder and director of Sew Simply, Ms Saunders, says it also creates a unique social opportunity for participants.
“A lot of them are lonely and just looking for something to do and a lot of them come and they’ve already got skills in sewing or craft, then they come here and they just blossom, all their other skills just come out,” Ms Saunders said.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.