Local to global. Intergenerational craftivism with Operation Sock Monkey @woollybananas

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Last Sunday I had the pleasure of working with “my gang” again at Rideau Manor again! 5 seniors participated in an Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) workshop and prepped a bunch of sock monkeys in celebration of Clowns Without Borders South Africa!

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#operationsockmonkey does craft fairs! Shop local and handmade and support @woollybananas

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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

 You can support OPERATION SOCK MONKEY online or at:
Announcing our 2nd Holiday craft sale , Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. This is the 3rd year we're participating, always a great event, stop by and stock up on crafty goods, locally made!

Announcing our 2nd Holiday craft sale , Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. This is the 3rd year we’re participating, always a great event, stop by and stock up on crafty goods, locally made!

I LOVE PREPPING PRODUCT!  So relaxing and heartwarming.  Here are some of my latest:

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And thank you to Lynn Gosnell (Auntie Lynn), Lenore Kane and friends for adding to the cornucopia!

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On behalf of Operation Sock Monkey, huge thank you to Lenore Kane, Keith Lynn Staff and friends for the sock monkey additions for this year’s craft fairs! Love from Lindsey Hodgson and Kat! PS. And THANK YOU to all our OSM Operatives like Diana Brugos and partners around the globe!

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2015 will be a very special OSM year filled with GLOBAL events, that’s for sure! Yay, sock monkeys! Keep sewing!

48 hour sale! Dia de los muertos sock monkey only $45 USD plus shipping!

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Special 48 hour sale! Only $45 USD plus shipping until Aug 8 midnight ET!

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE: GO TO MY ETSY SITE!

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This sock monkey is MADE TO ORDER.

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.

I am partnering with @woollybananas to create an Operation Sock Monkey handbook!

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My personal mission is to awaken creative expression through local and global art initiatives. 

One initiative partners me with Operation Sock Monkey to create a life skills and entrepreneurship handbook. Our goal is to implement local pilot projects in the Fall and to bring the work to New York City and San Francisco youth programs in Spring 2015 and then to South Africa September 2015.

Stay tuned for phase 1 fundraising! 

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

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20140626-090950-32990099.jpgOriginal art by Katarina Thorsen

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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Sock monkeys from @woollybananas at work with @GlobalSorority @passionteams and @g4gcharity in Cape Town

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 I am truly in awe of and inspired by the powerful work being done globally by my friends at

The Passion Foundation

Global Sorority

Girls 4 Girls

And I am delighted to see our Operation Sock Monkey sock monkeys at work on the ground in Cape Town!

Photos courtesy of Global Sorority and Passion Foundation:

"Today the young women joined the @globalsorority community. As a sign of sisterhood they gave each other a bracelet with an intent of good will that they voiced to the woman as they placed the bracelet on." - Loretta Cella

“Today the young women joined the @globalsorority community. As a sign of sisterhood they gave each other a bracelet with an intent of good will that they voiced to the woman as they placed the bracelet on.” – Loretta Cella

"The young women loving their sock monkeys!! " - Loretta Cella

“The young women loving their sock monkeys!! ” – Loretta Cella

"These girls loved their sock monkeys!!! The squeals and excited was amazing!" - Loretta Cella

“These girls loved their sock monkeys!!! The squeals and excited was amazing!” – Loretta Cella

"@vrybalka leading warm up this morning for @globalsorority #southafrica" - Loretta Cella

“@vrybalka leading warm up this morning for @globalsorority #southafrica” – Loretta Cella

"Young women of @globalsorority #southafrica working on their communication skills" - Loretta Cella

“Young women of @globalsorority #southafrica working on their communication skills” – Loretta Cella

"Sock monkey love #southafrica " - Loretta Cella

“Sock monkey love #southafrica ” – Loretta Cella

"Another awesome positive me #southafrica #leadershipdevelopment" - Loretta Cella

“Another awesome positive me #southafrica #leadershipdevelopment” – Loretta Cella

"Module 5: Cooperation #leadershipdevelopment #women" - Loretta Cella

“Module 5: Cooperation #leadershipdevelopment #women” – Loretta Cella

"Amazing courage shown today as the group writes down all their limitations and works to create change in their emotional and mental beings" - Loretta Cella

“Amazing courage shown today as the group writes down all their limitations and works to create change in their emotional and mental beings” – Loretta Cella

"Positive me drawing from one of the girls" - Loretta Cella

“Positive me drawing from one of the girls” – Loretta Cella

"A jump for joy after releasing their limitations and creating a new way of seeing themselves in this world" - Loretta Cella

“A jump for joy after releasing their limitations and creating a new way of seeing themselves in this world” – Loretta Cella

 

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Frida Kahlo themed window display @GranvilleOptic May 3-31! Proceeds benefits life skills program development!

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Thank you Granville Optical for this wonderful opportunity!

The proceeds of any monkey sales goes toward the development of my Sock Monkey Life Skills Entrepreneurship Program Development Phase 1!

Here are a few highlights from the installation! Huge thank you to Merv Glip for collaborating- especially making all the beautiful paper roses and the paper maiché anatomical hearts! And thank you, Reid Boultbee for making all this happen!

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PROCEEDS BENEFITS

Curriculum Development Series 1:

The @BY POSTSTREET

Sock Monkey

Life Skills and Entrepreneurship Program

for youth groups, schools and community organizations

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All proceeds from purchases oat Granville Optical May 3-31, 2014 are directed towards program development.  

THANK YOU!

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