I love this blog. It has been part of my social media collection of sites for years now. Its main focus has been my personal crafting projects, craftivism and Operation Sock Monkey, and I have loved sharing the magical moments with you.
So why retire it?
As I prepare to fully focus on my art career and on freelance therapeutic art facilitation as well as spending much needed time creating new crafts and developing an accompanying curriculum– I am harnessing in my blogging and sharing my various creative processes and teachings and musings on one main site: katthorsen.com
I am leaving this site up, as it contains a long visual history of my crafts and several how-to’s.
I want to acknowledge the extraordinary work of Operation Sock Monkey founder and lead operative Lindsey Hodgson. Truly my HERO! Where would we all be without her incredible vision and hard work? OMG. So many of us are operatives and happy sock monkey makers/therapists thanks to HER! And despite being a busy mom and professional woman, she takes time to man craft fairs and make sock monkey kits and manage OSM to help the cause expand and keep going. We are TRULY INDEBTED to this extraordinary woman. [APPLAUSE] Photo by Keith Lynn Staff
We talked about the Operation Sock Monkey Handbook and had a raffle at the end of the workshop. This lovely resident won the “Canada Ambassador” and loved decorating her sock bird.
Many of the residents are visually impaired yet loved creating through the sense of touch.
Thanks to Brent for arranging the opportunity and to Parmida for doing video capture for upcoming video! And thank you to the participants for being part of the cause. And to all the local OSM operatives who made the sock monkeys!
This deluxe Día de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] sock monkey is handmade/handsewn by Vancouver artist/therapeutic art facilitator Katarina Thorsen, and is part of her POST STREET sock creations!
“The visible stitch is the mark of the artist.”
This hand-sewn adorable and cuddly sock monkey is made from classic work socks and has a hand-drawn embroidered sugar skull face. The monkey wears single cloth flower headdress and skirt (each order unique). It has a hand-drawn, embroidered portrait of Frida Kahlo on the skirt. It measures about 24 inches tall.
POST STREET sock creations are individually made and hand-sewn.
Note: Frida’s face, flower, lace, skirt and skull designs will differ order to order.
Thank you for your support so far! I took a hiatus from the campaign for about 10 days to finish up some projects and jobs and do some family stuff! Now I am ready to focus fully on my writing and illustration projects which includes this OSM handbook!
Next week I will be doing a media push. An interview with a magazine in Cape Town re: craftivism is in the works. And an interview with SFU radio is scheduled for end of August.
Intern Freja and her friend Bug are loaded up with supplies and will be creating unique and wonderful sock monkeys for OSM.