Posts Tagged ‘craftivism’

Calling Sock Monkey Makers!

November 15, 2013

Calling sock monkey makers: I’m organizing the 3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!

Everyone who signs up for the sock monkey swap will be randomly paired with another sock monkey maker.  You’ll be making one sock monkey for someone, and someone will be making one for you. To sign up for the swap, e-mail your full name and a mailing address to me at 6degreesofcreativity@arttherapyalliance.org by November 25, 2013. During the week of November 25, you will receive mailing info from me on where to mail your sock monkey to. Please note you are responsible for postage, which could be to an international destination. Please don’t sign up for the exchange unless you are committed to the swap and following through. All sock monkeys should be mailed out by December 16, 2013 to their new home.

Need sock monkey making information and tutorials?  Check out this post from last year’s swap, as well as Operation Sock Monkey’s (OSM) step by step on how to build your own sock monkey.

Call for Sock Monkeys: Sock Monkey Swap 2013

It’s time for another sock monkey swap!

I also recommend checking out this content prepared by SIUE Master’s Art Therapy Counseling students Clarissa Weltzin and Renee Tate about the benefits of making sock monkeys for self care and their written sock monkey instructions.  Both Clarissa and Renee participated in last year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity sock monkey swap and service project for OSM. It was a pleasure to see their poster session, “The Fuzzies of Self Care: No Room for Sock Monkeyin’ Around” presented at the Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference last month!

Holiday Happening: Sock Monkeys for OSM

Holiday Happening: Sock Monkeys for OSM | creativity in motion

For some local art therapy & sock monkey making here in Cleveland, Ursuline College’s Art Therapy & Counseling Program will host sock monkey making as part of their Annual Holiday Happening on December 14. I’ll be demonstrating how to make sock monkeys and bringing sock monkey supplies to add to the afternoon’s festivities!  Sock monkeys created will then be donated to OSM to help serve children and families in need.  Read about previous sock monkey making from Art Therapy and Counseling students at Ursuline College via the college’s blog Mosaic.

Call for Sock Monkeys! | creativity in motion

Call for Sock Monkeys!

I’m also interested in putting together a DIY 2014 calendar featuring handmade sock monkeys created by my sock monkey making friends…. More fun! Please let me know if you’re interested in submitting a photo by December 16 of your sock monkey for one of the calendar months!

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Related Posts:

Craftivism Inspiration

Sock Monkey Swap (2012) & OSM Service Project

The Joy of Sock Monkey Making

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Craftivism Inspiration

July 27, 2013

A section of my summer course on art therapy, social action, and trauma informed care included introducing art therapy & counseling graduate students at Ursuline College to the role of craftivism and its possibilities to empower vulnerable populations, as well as promote important social causes and issues through do it yourself crafty goodness:

As Betsy Greer defines:

craft + activism = craftivism

“By advocating the use of creativity for the improvement of the world, craftivists worldwide taught knitting lessons, sewed scarves for battered women’s shelters, and knitted hats for chemotherapy patients…. In promoting the idea that people can use their own creativity to improve the world, craftivism allows those who wish to voice their opinions and support their causes the chance to do just that…”

~Betsy Greer, “Craftivism.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (2007).

Craftivism can take on many handmade forms, including radical needlepointing, crosstiching, knitting, fiber arts, and lots more.  Here’s a great article: Yarn Bombing, Knit Graffiti and Underground Brigades: A Study of Craftivism and Mobility if you are interested in learning more about guerilla textiles in action.  Another great piece is: Craftivism: Art with Attitude which provides a nice overview about the power in creativity to be heard and help create a better world.

As published here before, my craftivist love is sock monkey making…. (!) introduced to me a couple of years ago by my sock monkey hero and art therapist Kat Thorsen and the amazing work of Operation Sock Monkey (OSM).

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Students in my class became operatives and craftivists for an upcoming OSM mission by learning how to make a sock monkey delegate as one of their assignments.

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Originally, our delegation group was scheduled to travel to orphanges and children’s hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia for an OSM & Clowns Sans Frontières mission. Word from OSM Headquarters is now there’s a greater need for more sock monkey smiles in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project with Clowns Without Borders South Africa.

From the OSM website: “Sinovuyo is focused on the highest-­‐risk families with children ages 3 to 8 years: caregivers affected by HIV/AIDS or domestic violence. The programme aims to help parents and caregivers develop nurturing relationships with their children, prevent and reduce abusive parenting, while coping with stress from HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence.”

Sock monkeys are used in storytelling and activities that promote parent/child communication and bonding.  Learn more here.

Craftivism Inspiration | creativity in motion

Destination: South Africa’s Sinovuyo Project

This group of sock monkeys look forward to meeting & helping families served by the Sinovuyo Project.  Job well done by all the students with their first Operative Mission!  Mission accomplished! I hope it inspires lots more sock monkey making & craftivism in their future….  🙂

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Related Posts:

Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care

Sewing, Swapping, & Service

Operation Sock Monkey Making

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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