Glorious sock alien by Darcy Glip
Closet Outsider Artist. “Sock Aliens” Originator. Custom Paper Rose Artist.
I began making Sock Monkeys a few years ago through a friend of mine. She is an Artist, Art Therapist and Mentor. She was hosting a class of youths who were making sock monkeys and creating Art of all kinds. I was immediately drawn in, and welcomed by her and her group.
From there we formed a group of Adult Sock monkey makers to create a surplus of monkeys to donate to a fantastic cause Known as “Operation Sock Monkey”. You can learn more about them on their website http://www.operationsockmonkey.com/
Please help them continue their great work by donating or purchasing a sock monkey kit from them and learn the joy of Sock Monkeys!
“Sock Aliens” came to me during that period while surfing the internet and getting sucked into Alien stories, crop circles and sightings and bad scary movies of abductions etc., and came to the conclusion that Aliens have gotten quite a bad rap. I think they deserve a fair shot at friendship. If this universe is as big as they say it is. Then we need to be better more fearless representatives. I would like everyone to just hold one in your hands and look into those great big “see in the dark” eyes and just be there for them. And they will be there for you. There is no power greater in the universe than Love and these fellas may just need a home to learn that.
Love an Alienated being today!
Darcy made this adorable squirrel for my nephew, Henrik!
I just received a beautiful package from my niece in Pakistan, Emma Varley- medical anthropologist.
A handmade doll and Khaadi handicrafts:
Khaadi is an amazing treasure trove of textiles in Islamabad, and the handicrafts in Gilgit are wonderful… I think the dolls are all cute and quirky and funny and odd … their character is what I love so much. I asked each of the women making the dolls to come up with their own faces for each one, and the range is wonderful.
- Emma Varley, 2013
Emma began the memory doll project in 2011:
After several weeks of effort, we have finally had two doll protoypes made that represent what we hope will be the final product – or something very close to it! The dolls have been made so far by local women who are receiving skills and handicrafts training at a missionary run sewing school.
The master trainer who made these dolls – an Ismaili woman from a nearby village, Oshikandass – says that it takes her 2-3 hours to make one doll. We are supplying the women with all the necessary materials – fabric, filling, thread – and are negotiating to pay a commission for the work completed.
The faces of these dolls are definitely quirky, but I like the design as it represents how locals typically draw facial features. We have asked the women to be as imaginative as they can with each doll and to have fun with the designs.
Given the difficulties in ensuring standard doll sizes/construction and also quality control – particularly in poorer households where it would be difficult for women to keep material clean and in a good condition – we decided that we would sub-contract the construction of the dolls’ bodies (which will be based on a jointed rag doll design) to ‘Shining Light’ students. ['Shining Light' employs and trains poor Sunni, Shia and Ismaili women in Jutial Mohalla, which is one of Gilgit Town's largest neighbourhoods.] Supervision for the body construction will be the responsibility of the center’s master trainers, all of whom are local women who were once students and are now in-charge of various components of the program (e.g., embroidery, weaving, pattern design and cutting, etc).
- Emma Varley, 2011
My father pointing at a favorite journal page.
Take note of the spiral binding from the journal.
She transformed the spiral binding into a magical caterpillar filled using recycled materials. It’s GENIUS. Filled with empowering sayings, endless visual candy.
He even has a pair of glasses and his own little copy of Drawn Together!
She created beautiful cards out of the pages.
Kat Thorsen always brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. I love her raw enthusiasm and character. I jumped with excitement when I found out that the journal pages that inspired drawn together were being shared to re-make. As an avid recycler and re-purposer I thought it was brilliant and courageous to let the pages that held her and her father go to be re-born through others creativity. Thank you for sharing Kat and ecstatic to keep re-making with the pages! For me the process of creating art from recycled materials is like a metaphor for my life. what was once old can now be new through the process of transformation, much like the caterpillar. – Jennifer
THANK YOU JENNIFER! Check her out:
JENNIFER ON TWITTER: @sketchchange
The Sketchpad that Changed the World
Making world peace your personal mission through the use of imagination in the change process.
If you have ever wanted to change the world be inspired to make your own difference. This story presents how a sketchpad changed the life of a people pleaser trapped in a box. It is an inspirational message that shares the tools Jennifer used to release her past and embrace her gifts while following the joy of her hearts desires.
Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures
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YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.
YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”
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My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.
Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.
My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.
The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!
READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER
But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.
Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.
Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.
BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!
AND CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:
“[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal”
“[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page”
This quilt (79″ x 56″) was made during my art therapy program at a youth custody centre.
I LOVED my time volunteering as the art therapist at Burnaby Youth Custody Centre in 2006-2008. It started with the “Friday Art Class,” then it turned into the “Friday Art Classes,” then “Monday, Wednesday, Friday” etc etc! My time there taught me so much of the healing power of art and that there are no bad kids, just bad decisions.
I have only one rule- NO CENSORSHIP while in art therapy, and it really is a powerful rule. Allowing free expression fosters camaraderie. This quilt allowed rival gang members to work together on a powerful piece, and lots of respectful conversation and art making ensued. The result is quite lovely. Truly a lesson in the healing power of art.
The quilt then stayed in my art therapy room at an alternative school from 2008 to 2011. It truly contains all the tears and laughter from my time there. This is one very special piece! It holds so many stories.
For more custody art, go to: CUSTODY ART.
Proceeds from the sale will allow me to purchase supplies towards sock monkey therapy at the Community Learning Program, North Vancouver, and on the Downtown Eastside. Supplies will also provide sock monkeys for Operation Sock Monkey.
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I am haunted by the tragic and beautiful images of dolls at the Chernobyl site. Whether the photos are staged or real, they are effective nonetheless.
My friend, Darcy Glip, exudes creativity. Most Thursday nights are sock monkey nights at Darcy’s place. I love seeing his latest creations in various stages of completion in his creative space. It’s a delicious space to be in- because Darcy makes it so. He combines materials, enthusiasm, food, generosity, conversation, collaboration, investigation…
Darcy is changing the world one delicate paper rose at a time.
Rebecca Bree Boutique‘s wall of flowers created by Darcy:
His beautiful paper flowers are enthralling everyone who comes across them. To purchase yours, contact Darcy via Facebook.
I keep a bag of sock monkey supplies with me as we keep vigil at Dad’s bedside. Sewing, or even just looking at the socks, can be healing.
Sewing can be a form of meditation if you approach it right. If the sewing project you are working on is not too complicated the mindless repetitiveness of making the stitches can be very relaxing. And when the project is done you will have a handmade item that was created with your healing hands. Hands are wonderful tools of healing. You knew that, right? [source]