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ARTS AND CRAFTS BY AT-RISK YOUTH

AMANDA: Black and white sock cats (adorable little pair that measure about 9.5 inches high (24 cm).

On January 1, 2011, I introduced the concept of micro-industry and ETSY to my art therapy students to empower them as they sell their own crafts!

"I am proposing to create another kind of business, based on "selflessness" that is in all of us. I am calling it social business." - Muhammed Yunus

This featured artist is Amanda!

Amanda is such a wise old soul, who adds the most gentle and insightful perspectives to our dialogue as she creates her fantastical sock characters.

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The youth I work with present with a variety of issues including social anxiety, behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, substance abuse and mental health. My mission is to provide the opportunity for a reparative and holding experience in a safe and creative space in which the youth can take advantage of the opportunity to make art, express self, and deal with unresolved conflicts and feelings. Sock monkey making is integral in my art therapy program. In order to provide a healthy and educational way for the students to carry their craft making into the future and to earn a small income, I am now including youth art in my ETSY shop.

AT-RISK --> EMPOWERMENT!

The artist receives 70% of the sales price in the form of a gift card, grocery card or cash depending on appropriateness and need. 30% goes towards administration, fees, site management, advertising, packaging costs, materials and sock monkey therapy. The artist also participates in Operation Sock Monkey, a volunteer-run initiative in support of humanitarian organizations such as Clowns Without Borders (CWB) that provide laughter, hope and healing to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil.

- Katarina Thorsen, art therapist, visual artist

For more info, contact Katarina!

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To read more about Katarina's sock creations, go to http://poststreet.wordpress.com/
To read more about Katarina's work with sock monkey/art therapy for at-risk youth go to http://klasssockmonkey.wordpress.com/
To read more about Katarina's art therapy and visual art, go to http://katthorsen.wordpress.com

YOUTH ART- Black and white sock cats by Amanda

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: socks, buttons, polyester fiber stuffing, thread, embroidery
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
  • Feedback: 66 reviews
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