Operation Sock Monkey Making

December 18, 2011

My creative addiction to sock monkey making continues and has gone into overdrive this month!  Not only am I stopping at random Dollar Stores and Five Belows to check out the selection of inexpensive, fun socks I can use, but I’ve also started to invite others around me to join the movement and make their first sock monkey with my stash.

Below are some pics (click to enlarge) from some sock monkey fun with art therapy colleagues and students this month during Ursuline College’s Art Therapy & Counseling Program‘s Holiday Happening and my ATR Supervision group.  Making sock monkeys with others is so much fun!

Sock Monkey Making | December 2011

As posted here in October, 6 Degrees of Creativity instructor, sock monkey guru, craftivist, and art therapist Kat Thorsen has been the wonderful inspiration for bringing the joy of sock monkey making into my life and so many others in the art therapy community!

During Kat’s online chat for 6 Degrees of Creativity last month, I was further inspired by what she shared about the therapeutic, healing, and empowering qualities of sock monkeys for at-risk youth and communities in need.  Examples shared by Kat included helping women in Africa create a sustainable source of income through learning how to make sock monkeys, as well as having sock monkeys or the sewing process accompany youth survivors involved in court testifying as an object of safety and comfort.  You can learn more about Kat’s work through her blog Sock Monkey Art Therapy and Post Street.   In addition, if you are looking to give a sock monkey a new home or a creative, handmade gift purchase going to a good cause, check out Post Street’s Etsy Store, where all the proceeds go to supporting Sock Monkey Art Therapy.

Another great sock monkey meets social action effort is Operation Sock Monkey (OSM), where Kat is also an Operative.  (Worth another mention!)  You can adopt sock monkeys from OSM here or buy cool sock monkey merch  as donations towards OSM’s important work with communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil.

Learn more about Operation Sock Monkey here:

I’m sure this won’t be my last sock monkey related post!  I’ve been inspired by an art therapy colleague and 6 Degrees of Creativity community member to create my next sock monkey with camouflage socks, but still on the hunt scavenging the local stores for that lucky find.

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