You’ve frequently heard us talk about the importance of creative expression in wellness and recovery. Expressing oneself creatively improves self-esteem and has a calming effect. Anyone who has ever kept a scrapbook, taken a watercolor class, or written a journal knows the positive feelings that hands-on creativity can provide.
At Perry Wellness Center, our peers continue to delight us with their creative gifts. Several times, we’ve shared with you the creative evolution of Lori Hildreth, a lady who only discovered her latest talent just a few months ago. While Lori had crocheted in the past, she had focused on crossword puzzles during her spare time at the center. But after getting back into crocheting, Lori discovered the fine art of weaving. Our project manager, Jeff Williams, was so impressed with her talents that he designed and built her own tabletop loom.
Since then, Lori’s talent has really taken off. Her first completed project, a colorful tapestry, is on display at our classroom building (actually mounted outside the door of PWC founder Stuart Perry). Even more impressively, her second wall hanging was purchased even before it was completed! And now Lori reports that another peer has already asked her to design and create a third wall hanging.
Hildreth is happy to keep up with the demand for her craftwork, saying, “I like to do these, and I am getting faster with my weaving.” When not at work at her loom, Lori works at the Happy Patch Market, and is often involved in peer discussion groups.
In the photo above Lori poses before her first wall hanging, while she holds her second creative design.