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!
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.
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!
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!
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)!