Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service

June 28, 2014

I spent some time this past week teaching a group of youth ages 8-15 how to make sock monkeys as part of Ursuline ArtSpace’s Fashion Camp- It was so much fun!

a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys waiting to be born

After seeing the group of sock monkey my art therapy graduate students created last year for Operation Sock Monkey, the Camp’s Director and ArtSpace Founder Sister Kathleen Burke wanted this year’s creative campers to not only learn how to create a sock monkey as part of their summer camp experience, but to also donate what they created to a child in need of some sock monkey love.

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Summer Camp Sock Monkey Sewing

Over three days, the group learned the basics of how to handsew a sock monkey using the variety of knee high and calf length socks I’ve been collecting over the last year for this very occasion.  ArtSpace Camp Staff and Volunteers Emily, Amanda, Jessica, Brandy, Keith, Cathy, & Rita were a huge, invaluable help in assisting everyone with the sewing details and logistics throughout the week- Thank you!

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys and their Fabulous Fashionista Creators ready to walk the runway

To celebrate all the fabulous fashion related creations made throughout the week (dresses, bags, scarves, hats & more!), the last day of camp closed with a Fashion Runway show, which also included sock monkeys!  I loved seeing this final part!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

In July, I’ll be taking these sock monkeys to Cornerstone of Hope’s Camp Heroes–  a bereavement day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17.

It was suck a pleasure to work with this group of young ladies and the ArtSpace staff on this project– thank you for all your hard work, generosity, and creativity!

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own sock monkey, check out the video that taught me (from my sock monkey hero and art therapist Kat Thorsen)!

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Related Posts:

The Joy of Sock Monkey Making

Craftivism Inspiration

Sewing, Swapping, & Service

a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf

 

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3 Responses to “Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service”

  1. papict Says:

    What a great idea for a project with kids! I made sock monkeys and sock monsters for my kids and they love them. I’m sure the children who received the sock monkeys were delighted.

  2. Cathe Ekas Says:

    Gretchen, I thoroughly love your blog. Found you through Dirt Footprints. Wish I had Art Therapy as a child and throughout my life. Art is helping to heal me now. It has taken too many years. Love the Sock Monkey video. Can’t wait to make one for my 3yr old niece.

  3. Hannah Says:

    Gretchen–this project multiplies like the story of loaves and fishes! I love the idea that the volunteers helped, the kids learned and offered and the campers received. Beautiful ♥


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