Operation Sock Monkey Day for Passion Foundation and the Patch Centre, South Africa

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A beautiful week prepping monkeys culminated in an Operation Sock Monkey workshop today to create 46 sock monkeys (30 of which are ready for the April 24 trip!) as part of a Passion Foundation (Loretta Cella) and Global Sorority (Tia Kelly) project to provide leadership training to young girls and bring comfort to victims at the Patch Centre, South Africa.

Thank you’s to the sock monkey makers who helped me this week:
Darcy G.
Lindsey H.
Loretta C.
Laura M.
Fran W.
Fred T.
Cher H.
Jasper L.
Ashleigh M.
Julian B.
Anna T.
John D.

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100% Canada-made: @bypoststreet’s limited edition Winter Collection featuring my art

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The bypoststreet limited edition Winter collection t-shirts now available at bypoststreet.com!

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@bypoststreet features unisex luxury and sportswear inspired t-shirts designed by our creative director. Our eco-friendly luxurious bamboo/cotton cloth is milled in Canada and our t-shirts are designed and produced locally in Vancouver. Our collections feature limited edition portraits of fashion personalities by our in-house artist. All our t-shirts are produced in fixed number impressions and are individually examined and hand-marked by our creative director with impression number.

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@bypoststreet celebrates influential fashion personalities, leading artistic talent and street culture, and rides the new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media. Their customers feel the excitement of anticipating and collecting the limited edition printed apparel and gain a sense of satisfaction from purchasing a product that is produced and manufactured locally. They embrace the guerilla marketing philosophy of free and accessible to engage their customers who might never step foot in a gallery. @bypoststreet facilitates artistic expression through interactive art events and introduce new artistic talent to the customer.

WINTER COLLECTION:

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The Editor

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. - John C. Maxwell

An editor must have the heart and stomach of a monarch. An editor must be a team leader, ruthlessly curating editorial spreads and irreverently forecasting the future. The editor must epitomize style and blaze the trail while leading by example. @bypoststreet finds all these qualities and more in Emmanuelle Alt, the muse for The Editor t-shirt. 29 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number.

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The Stylist

“Fashion endures, but style changes.” - Coco Chanel

Supplying, curating, envisioning, accessorizing is all part of the job of a stylist, but styling means more than planning videos and photoshoots, pinning to fit and steaming the garment. Styling is to hone the craft and to live the art; it is to exude confidence and style in every walk of life. @bypoststreet pays homage to the exquisite Carine Roitfeld with The Stylist limited edition print.  29 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number.

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The Fashion Maniac

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness. – Stephen Fry

With @bypoststreet’s Collection 4 limited edition bamboo/cotton t-shirt, The Fashion Maniac, we throw out timidity by bowing to the trailblazers that change the face of fashion by breaking the rules. Take the cue, embrace your passion, try it all and thereby redefine yourself.  29 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number featuring a portrait of the fashion maniac herself, Anna Dello Russo.

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The Fashion Icon

Clear your energy, honor your rhythm, live your vision. – George Denslow

We stand on the shoulders of giants that lead by example. With @bypoststreet’s Collection 4 limited edition bamboo/cotton t-shirt, The Fashion Icon, we embrace the elegance of our mentors and realize that their passion for free expression in turn inspires us to be our elegant selves. Miroslava Duma, president of Russua’s Buro247, is the portrait choice for the t-shirt.  29 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number.

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The Beard

 Commitment is an act, not a word. – Jean Paul Sartre

A full beard takes commitment and in turn our hearts have fully committed to this trendy tended, virile, bushy garden of masculinity. Add some tattoos and we are done. Done. Celebrate the “barba” with @bypoststreet’s Collection 3 limited edition bamboo/cotton t-shirt, The Beard featuring a portrait of bearded model Ricki Hall.  33 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number.

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The Brows

Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be. – Henry David Thoreau

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but our brows are the visual expression of our thoughts. A defiant angle, a raised surprise, a furrowed wrinkle, a reluctant horizon- our brows do not lie. Express your cocky self with @bypoststreet’s Collection 3 limited edition bamboo/cotton t-shirt, The Brows, featuring a portrait of model Cara Delevingne.  31 prints made, each t-shirt hand-marked with impression number.

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This felted fox by ROOST warms my heart as it reminds me of my Dad.

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I bought this little guy (Felted Fox by Roost) at the 2013 Swedish Cultural Society’s Christmas Market on November 16, 2013.

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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.  IMG_4840 IMG_4843 IMG_4844

Happy 40th Birthday Salmagundi West! #collectibles #antiques #mystery

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Recall: CRAFT NIGHT AT SALMAGUNDI WEST

On October 24, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending Salmagundi’s 40 birthday!  No words suffice to explain the magic of that evening!

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Amy Tom as Frida with Anne Banner (proprietress of Salmagundi West)

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Photo by Salmagundi West

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The stunning Hannah Ackeral.

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Anne Banner.  Captured by Hayward Dalhousie

Anne Banner. Captured by Hayward Dalhousie

 

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My Molly Dolly

Great find! “Rags” 1929 from Muddy River Antiques on @Etsy

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I am loving my new purchase from Muddy River Antiques on Etsy!

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I am using the book in my graphic novel research as my main character came to Canada at age 5 in 1929

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and just simply getting inspiration from going through the old pages…

MY FAVORITE PAGE:

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Check out Muddy Rivers Antiques’ Etsy Shop!  IT’S GREAT!

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Craft night deliciousness at Salmagundi West! #sugarskulls

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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!!!

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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!  

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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!

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Stores I love: IN GOOD COMPANY, local artisan cooperative, North Vancouver

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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!

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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.

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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.

Email: hello@ingoodcompanyshop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ingoodcompanyshop
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL: 
67 Lonsdale Ave, 
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:

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CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!

Check out IN GOOD COMPANY in:

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The @bypoststreet #punk paper dress. #Collection2

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In celebration of by post street’s launch of Collection 2, I made a paper dress, my third one.

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COLLECTION 2 in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met

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The paper dress is on its way to San Francisco to premiere at Booty Call Wednesday May 22!

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Check out BOOTY CALL WEDENESDAYS MAY 22

Recall:

The by post street DRAWN TOGETHER launch event on April 14, 2013 featured two of my paper dresses:

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Photo by Sairah Rodgers

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Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!

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Squirrels and pickled aliens. The latest crafts by Darcy Glip.

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Glorious sock alien by Darcy Glip

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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! 

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Darcy made this adorable squirrel for my nephew, Henrik!

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Crafts I love- a dreamy handmade doll from Pakistan and a treasure trove of @_Khaadi handicrafts

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I just received a beautiful package from my niece in Pakistan, Emma Varley- medical anthropologist.

A handmade doll and Khaadi handicrafts:

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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

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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.

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Doll 1 Doll 2

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

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