“She is sent to help you dance…” Operation Sock Monkey afternoon at Rideau Manor.

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Yesterday, residents at Rideau Manor in Burnaby BC, participated in an Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) workshop!  I had pre-prepped many sock birds for the residents to decorate (and to keep one each!).  During the workshop, I talked about OSM and we decorated monkeys and birds. It was an afternoon of smiles and laughter!

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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.

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Many of the residents are visually impaired yet loved creating through the sense of touch.

20140810-145803-53883583.jpgThanks 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!

Lindsey , OSM founder, picked up the batch of birds and monkeys today to add to this week’s shipment to Clowns Without Borders South Africa!  The sock creatures will be a part of the continued development of the  Sinovuyo Caring Families project in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Rideau residents sent along some lovely notes with the sock monkeys and birds for Lindsey to include in the shipment:20140810-145834-53914724.jpg

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Presale on my ETSY site: embroidered drawing- Dead Bird Series 2 of 4- Heron

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New series: Dead Birds

Drawing 2 of 4: Heron

China marker study of dead heron (found in Stanley Park, Vancouver), color added by senior residents at Rideau Manor, Burnaby (during interactive art afternoon) then embroidered on card stock.
18×24″ on newsprint in china marker
Currently being embroidered

Free shipping in Canada and USA.

Now available for presale on my ETSY site:

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YOUR PURCHASE SUPPORTS SOCK MONKEY THERAPY WITH AT-RISK YOUTH and life skills entrepreneurship development.

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Presale on my ETSY site: embroidered drawing- Dead Bird Series 1 of 4

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Now available for pre-sale on ETSY:

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Original art by Katarina Thorsen
New series. Drawing 1 of 4
China marker studies of dead birds, then embroidered on card stock.
18×24″ on newsprint in china marker
Currently being embroidered

$195.00 USD

Free shipping in Canada and USA.

YOUR PURCHASE SUPPORTS SOCK MONKEY THERAPY WITH AT-RISK YOUTH and life skills entrepreneurship development.

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For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death…

― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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Dead birds are a recurring image in my graphic novel:

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Crafts I love to make: farm sock characters #recycledcraft

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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.

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See more at: Crow Visits the Farm

We were particularly proud of the sock cow with sock udders:

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I.Cow says hello