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 such 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
“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…”
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.
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…. 🙂
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:
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:
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!
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.
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!!
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 email@example.com by November 12, 2012
Last month I made a sock monkey for my friend Donna in St. Augustine, Florida to adopt. Meet Nelson:
Here’s some of the fun he’s been up to: (Lucky sock monkey!)
It’s been lots of fun receiving Nelson photos and updates from Donna to check out & share. I know he is in great hands and will enjoy his new home and adventures! Stay tuned for more of Nelson the Traveling Sock Monkey!
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own sock monkey, check out where I learned everything I know about sock monkey making from the fabulous Kat Thorsen, an art therapist in Vancouver, British Columbia:
Yay! This week I received my swap sock monkey from the 6 Degrees of Creativity sock monkey exchange, made and sent by Lisa Miller in San Jose, California. I have adopted the name “Albert” for him, inspired by an exchange Lisa and I had about how the youth she works were able to see her sock monkey in the making and thought he resembled Albert Einstein (!). Thank you Lisa for my new sock monkey friend!
Throughout this week, Albert has been settling into his new surroundings and home, getting acquainted with my other sock monkeys, our three cats, hanging out in my studio/office space a lot, and adjusting to the colder temperatures that come with winter in Ohio.
Over at 6 Degrees of Creativity, I recently helped organize a sock monkey swap for Kat Thorsen’s awesome Sock Monkey Therapy workshop- What fun! This exchange includes 6 Degrees community members from Kat’s workshop who signed up to receive a sock monkey, as well as make and send their own sock monkey to a fellow 6 Degrees Sock Monkey Maker. Sock monkeys from this exchange are heading across the US, to Canada, Australia, and Italy…I can’t wait to learn more about these sock monkey adventures!
Below are some of the photos I took of the sock monkey I made for this exchange and mailed out today. I hope he reaches his new home safely and his travels out of the country go well! I also hope he brings much joy to my special sock monkey recipient (ssshhh..) I know he will be in good, good hands!
Super excited to meet the sock monkey coming here soon! I’ll be sure to share photos in Part 2! 🙂
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!