I just fell in love with him. He’s about 3 inches tall and has a leather backpack and a pipe. It’s not just that I love little crafts like this. This fox reminds me of cross country skiing with my family in Northern BC in the early 70′s. Dad would have a leather backpack containing delicious sandwiches by Mom and the hot chocolate thermos. His pipe was a constant.
My mother often claimed that she was not artistic, that instead she was an artistic director. She had an amazing eye for design and style.
She was artistic and crafty and influenced my love for tradition and craft.
I was ELATED to find her unfinished tapestry the other day as we sorted through her box of treasures. She started this piece in the late 60′s and my childhood was colored by it. I would spend hours watching her work on it, helping her add stitches, laughing with her as she lost count, rubbing my hands over the texture, copying the images… the unfinished aspect is magical. I converse with her now as I look at the instructions and smell the wool.
Her basket also contains some smaller unfinished projects. I love this basket. LOVE. And so happy to have found it.
Karin Thorsen Sept 17, 1936- Nov 8, 2008
Last Friday I was ELATED to be part of Craft Night at Salmagundi West! The main theme: SUGAR SKULLS. OH MY GOD- so much fun!
Thank you Anne, Ariel, Kali, Amy, Melanie, Hannah and Ashleigh for a marvelous night!!!
Stay tuned for other craft glory! Until then- HEAD TO GASTOWN and
check out Salmagundi‘s storefront and store decor now!
Support this INCREDIBLE SHOP!
Love you, Salmagundi!
Message from Salmagundi West:
Always arriving at our door after hours? Come down to SHOP HOP this Thursday October 17th from 5-9. Gastown shops will stay open late and best of all; SALES! We are offering 20% off everything in the shop!
Local. Handmade. Gifts. Baby & Kids. Clothing. Eco-Friendly. Cooperative.
I am delighted to discover the new store IN GOOD COMPANY a couple of blocks away from my apartment filled with eco-friendly, handmade, made-with-love, children-welcome, ETSY-for-real, artisan-celebratory shop!
I had my first official visit yesterday and I was so impressed with the friendly and inviting space that allows the visitor to immerse into incredible arts and crafts, fashion, food, vintage items etc. It is very child-friendly (kids can be kids) and has a workshop space in the back.
From the IN GOOD COMPANY site:
The creators of IGC are Janelle and Jean – North Shore based small business owners and busy moms to 5 little kiddos.
Our own retail store? Are you kidding me?! We are so excited that this partnership has allowed us to have a prime retail space in the heart of LoLo (Lower Lonsdale), run our businesses, plus spend time with our families. We also wanted a place where like-minded local artisans and small business owners can showcase their amazing products and talents and create a supportive network for each other.
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL:
67 Lonsdale Ave,
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:
CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!
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It has been delightful helping my student Brianna on her book and video project: Crow Visits the Farm.
Here are some characters we created out of old socks and other recycled material.
See more at: Crow Visits the Farm
We were particularly proud of the sock cow with sock udders:
Many have asked me- when did you start making sock monkeys? I wasn’t raised on them. But I did catch the fever in my adulthood. I believe it was 1997.
My dear friend, filmmaker Patti Henderson, and I were at a flea market and saw a vintage sock monkey sitting on top of a shelf.
In my mind- events greatly exaggerated I’m sure- we lunged at it at the same time, in slow motion. Patti won. And I’ve been chasing that first high ever since. Consuming me! I’ve made hundreds of sock monkeys since that fateful day. I’ve been a part of (through teaching, facilitating, inspiring, whatever) thousands since then.
This monkey is my GOD.
I often wonder what would have happened if I had reached that monkey first. Would I be who I am today?
In celebration of by post street’s launch of Collection 2, I made a paper dress, my third one.
COLLECTION 2 in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met
The paper dress is on its way to San Francisco to premiere at Booty Call Wednesday May 22!
The by post street DRAWN TOGETHER launch event on April 14, 2013 featured two of my paper dresses:
Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!
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