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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

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

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

June 23, 2013

The last couple of days I’ve been teaching a workshop at Ursuline College with the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program focused on advocacy, empowerment, and the intersection of social action with trauma informed care through art-making.

Students were introduced to how creative expression through art therapy helps provide a safe place & voice for women & youth survivors of domestic violence, families living with homelessness, as well as the role of art-making for empowerment, peacemaking, craftivism and social action.

In addition to presenting about my art therapy work, the workshop’s content also included students learning about A Window Between World’s #icanwecan crowdsourcing campaign to create awareness and show support through art for ending violence and abuse against women. Students created their own pledge hands with messages of advocacy and empowerment inspired by this project, a population or cause in mental health they want to help empower.

Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care | creativity in motion

Pledge Hands of Empowerment & Advocacy

Students were also able to Skype with Drew & Margaret of Peace Paper to learn more about their current activities and projects using papermaking for transformation, trauma intervention, and empowerment, including Panty Pulping, working with survivors of domestic violence, military sexual trauma, and mental health advocacy.

Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care | creativity in motion

Peace Paper Project speaks to the class

Peacemaking through art was addressed through also presenting my group work with youth to explore concepts related to bullying, how to become a peacemaker, and art’s role in exploring conflict resolution.  Students also were introduced to Franck de las MercedesPriority Boxes Art Project and its role in activating messages of hope, love, and peace through art.

Our workshop ended with exploring the inspiring world of craftivism and Operative recruiting for Operation Sock Monkey and an upcoming mission for Russian children in orphanages and hospitals…we’ll be sending a delegation!

Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care | creativity in motion

OSM mission accepted!

If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, here are some helpful resources to check out:

It was great to spend these two days sharing my work and exploring these topics & projects with this group of graduate students. I look forward to reading and learning how each of the students incorporate the ideas and information presented in their assignments and future experiences!

Related Posts:

On the Go: Change, Transformation & Action through Art

Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity

Survivor’s Hand: Finding Safety through Art #ICANWECAN

Peacemaking and DIY Papermaking

INOCENTE: A Young Girl’s Story of Homelessness and the Transformative Power of Art

Special Delivery- The Priority Mail Art Project

Sewing, Swapping, & Service

December 8, 2012

The last month has been full of sock monkey sewing, swapping, and service!

In November, I re-blogged a post from 6 Degrees of Creativity announcing another sock monkey swap, in addition to a service project with Operation Sock Monkey to benefit Hoboken, New Jersey’s Boys and Girls Club that experienced devastating flooding damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Throughout November and now into December, art therapists, students, OSM Operatives, 6 Degrees of Creativity community members, and craftivists have been creating handmade sock monkeys to exchange with one another and many are also creating another or group of sock monkeys to donate to Hoboken.

The response to this project has been truly inspiring and wonderful to be a part of: whether it was randomly swapping over 50 names for the sock monkey swap and helping to connecting these individuals together, collaborating with OSM Founder Lindsey Hogdson and Art Therapist Suzanne Martino on the service project, or temporarily taking in all the sock monkey arrivals full of loving care, good vibes, and well wishes for the youth affected Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.

Experienced sock monkey creators to first time makers in the US and from different parts of the world came together for this project to create, connect, and give back. I think our collective effort has been amazing!

Here’s a little of the sock monkey business that’s been going on:

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Sock Monkey Making Party!

Hong Kong’s Centre on Behavioral Health participated in the 6 Degrees of Creativity sock monkey swap fun, which included hosting a sock monkey making party organized by Jordan Potash.  This effort also inspired making sock monkeys for the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists Holiday Toy Drive.  Nice!

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Sock monkey group photo fun from The Centre on Behavioral Health

For the 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap, I was thrilled to have two sock monkeys I made traveling to Hong Kong- one to Jordan and another to Phyllis Lo:

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Swap Sock Monkeys ready to go to their new home in Hong Kong

The sock monkey fever spread to Lani Gerity’s 14 Secrets Group, where Barbara St. Jacques organized another fun swap! I was super lucky to have Barbara making a sock monkey friend for me and this week received with joy what she made. Her sock monkey was sewn from a pair of beautiful woven socks she got in Turkey. I am looking forward to making a sock monkey for Suzanne soon, who I received in the 14 Secrets swap…What a small sock monkey world it is!

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Barbara’s Swap Monkey she created from Turkish socks

This week it was also nice to read this blog posting from Carolyn Mehlomakulu on Creativity in Therapy about her sock monkey making for the 6 Degrees of Creativity projects, including helpful lessons she learned from her sock monkey about patience, acceptance, and enjoying the moment.

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Sock monkey making supplies

I got out my sock monkey supplies for some group fun and hosted my own sock making party this week where a few local art therapy friends & me got together to create OSM NJ delegates. The evening also included Janet and Theresa from Edmonton who joined us online via a Google+ Hangout.

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Delegates who have arrived for New Jersey

Delegates for the service project have been arriving every day this week, getting orientated about their mission to bring smiles to the NJ youth they will be meeting soon, and doing lots of delegation bonding. More delegates are expected to arrive this week and then they will be ready to travel together for their adventure to the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club right before the Christmas holiday.

Big thanks to everyone who has helped with this effort, contributed to the project, and continues to spread the joy of sock monkeys to others!   Check out the Operation Sock Monkey website if you are interested in learning more about ways you can keep on helping!!

Sock Monkey Swap & Operation Sock Monkey Service Project!

November 1, 2012

 

6 Degrees of Creativity

It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!

Earlier this year, the 6 Degrees of Creativity community was inspired by Art Therapist Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy Workshop and we organized an exchange to swap sock monkeys with one another.

Now, the sock monkey fun continues for not only another swap, but also an opportunity to create a sock monkey to be donated to Operation Sock Monkey for someone in need.

Read below for more details about how to participate:

  • Sock Monkey Swap:  Make a sock monkey, Receive a sock monkey! 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 name and a mailing address to Gretchen at 6degreesofcreativity@arttherapyalliance.org by November 12, 2012

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Nelson The Traveling Sock Monkey Becomes OSM Operative

July 29, 2012

Remember Nelson, the sock monkey I made for my friend Donna this past spring?  He’s had an exciting summer making new friends, visiting new places, and sharing his travels.   Nelson even took a June trip back to Cleveland where I was able to meet up with him again and visit with Donna!  Good times…

Nelson in Cleveland: June trip

This week, I received exciting news from Donna that Nelson has officially become an Operative for Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) and will be accompanying her on an upcoming trip to Kenya. Yay! I am so proud!  While in Kenya to photograph an agricultural development project, Donna and Nelson will also take time during their trip to do some sock monkey making  workshops with youth in the community.

Nelson and Donna will also be arriving with a batch of OSM Delegates that will be given to children in need and help spread sock monkey love & joy!

Operation Sock Monkey Delegates Going to Kenya w/ Nelson

Follow Nelson’s updates in Kenya over the next 2 weeks and beyond on Facebook via his Nelson- Traveling Sock Monkey page. And check out this link to learn more about Operation Sock Monkey‘s good work and how you can help!  OSM is currently seeking sponsorships to send sock monkey delegates to camp around the world.

I’m looking forward to seeing more from Nelson’s and Donna’s new adventure together-Sending lots of love!

Safe travels!

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.

The Joy of Sock Monkey Making

October 13, 2011

I recently created my first sock monkey thanks to Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy workshop @ 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Meet Arygle!

I used a pair of black and red argyle knee high socks that I hadn’t worn in awhile. I was curious what this design/pattern would look like as a sock monkey and was happy with the results!  Below are some photos I took while my sock monkey was in the making:

Kat is telling the truth when she says that you will never look at a pair of socks the same again!  Ever since I finished Argyle, every time I see a pair of long length socks I envision them as a sock monkey!  Argyle was easy to make with Kat’s awesome video demonstrating each step. This process was so much fun and I cannot wait to make more!  It is also fun to see some of the sock monkeys that participants are already posting in the 6 Degrees of Creativity community (one from Australia, another from Canada this week)!

Learn more about Kat’s work and passion for sock monkeys on her blog Sock Monkey Art Therapy.  Kat is also an Operative for Operation Sock Monkey a “volunteer-run initiative in support of humanitarian organizations that provide laughter, hope and healing to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil” through providing some sock monkey love to those in need.

Thank you to Kat for introducing me to the joys of sock monkey making!  And I look forward to visiting Argyle at his new home with Nicole Brandstrup… I hope he is behaving himself!

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