Artist Trading Card Meet Up and Fun in San Antonio

Here are some photos from the Artist Trading Card Meet Up and Exchange in San Antonio on July 10:

Artist Trading Card Meet Up & Fun in San Antonio | 6 Degrees of CreativityAbout 30 art therapists from all over the US, as well as Canada & Mexico participated in this swap- bringing three art therapy dream themed ATCs to exchange…. It was super fun to meet up in person and spend this inspiring time together offline.  Thank you to everyone who participated and was part of this happening…. and to Andrea Davis for helping co-organize this with me!


3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap

Very safe travels this week to all the sock monkeys being mailed out for the 3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!  Sock monkeys will be heading across the US, to Canada, the UK, Australia, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Here are some sock monkeys on their way to new homes:

3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!Above: Sock monkey love made & sent by Lani

3rd Annual Sock Monkey Swap | 6 Degrees of Creatvity

Above: Sock monkey love made & sent by Eleni, Nannie (top), Kat, and Jackie (bottom)

3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey SwapMy sock monkey above will be living in Vancouver with Darcy and hopefully can visit with the first swap sock monkey I created for Kat two years ago and inspired this annual tradition! 🙂

3rd Annual 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!

Above: Sock monkey love made & sent by Debbie

If you’re interested in learning more about sock monkey making, please visit Operation Sock Monkey here.  And to learn more about OSM’s amazing Founder Lindsey Hodgsen  and the power of sock monkey making watch this Global News Everyday Hero Interview that debuted this past week.  It also includes screen time with Kat and Darcy!

I am looking forward to seeing and hearing updates about the swap monkeys arriving to their destinations!  Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

Good Vibes Here: The Pocket Change Artist Trading Card Collection

As posted last month, all the Artist Trading Cards created for the Pocket Change Exchange were received, swapped out and mailed to their new homes!  This post features some of the individual collections posted by some Pocket Changers when getting their new ATCs in the mail:

ATCs receive:  Art Heals Austin

@ ArtHealsAustin: “It really is exciting to create, and share, and receive handmade art. I’m so glad I stumbled across the project in time to participate. These little acts of creative kindness are unique, and inspiring, and fun, and motivating. Before I had even opened the envelope, I was smiling.” ~Brittany Sweeden


ArtsyLetters: Connections and Combinations

@ Artsyletters: Connections and Combinations“Today I’m thankful not only to have been a creator but a recipient in the Pocket Change  Artist Trading Card project.” ~Robyn Hood Black



ATCs anyone? Received by SusannaATCs Anyone? – “We celebrated the new year and the closing of another session of learning new techniques with a swap called Pocket Change!” ~Susanna Suchack



ATCs received: InnerCanvas @ InnerCanvas– “I just got my Pocket Change Artist Trading Cards in the mail!!!” ~Lisa Mitchell




ATCs: Shine the DivineThese are the four beautiful ATC’s I received as a participant in the Pocket Change exchange…Thank you everyone…What a treat!” ~ Laura Hegfield




The entire Pocket Change ATC collection can also now be seen via the 6 Degrees of Creativity Facebook page.  Thanks to Beth for scanning each set as they arrived into her care! Take a look, share, and comment on the good vibes, kindness, and creativity created in these meaningful mini works of art:

Pocket Change Artist Trading Cards on Facebook

Stay tuned for more from this project, as a free e-zine with all the ATCs and acts of creative kindness are shared to help keep the positive energy flowing!!!

Sock Monkey Swap & Operation Sock Monkey Service Project!

It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!

Earlier this year, the 6 Degrees of Creativity community was inspired by Art Therapist Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy Workshop and we organized an exchange to swap sock monkeys with one another.

Now, the sock monkey fun continues for not only another swap, but also an opportunity to create a sock monkey to be donated to Operation Sock Monkey for someone in need.

Read below for more details about how to participate:

  • Sock Monkey Swap:  Make a sock monkey, Receive a sock monkey! Everyone who signs up for the sock monkey swap will be randomly paired with another sock monkey maker.  You’ll be making one sock monkey for someone, and someone will be making one for you. To sign up for the swap, e-mail your name and a mailing address to Gretchen at by November 12, 2012. During the week of November 12, you will receive mailing info on where to mail your sock monkey to. Please note you are responsible for postage, which may be to an international destination. Don’t sign up for the exchange unless you are committed to the swap and following through. All sock monkeys should be mailed out by December 10, 2012. to their new home.
  • Sock Monkey Service Project– You can also create another sock monkey to be donated to Operation Sock Monkey (OSM). OSM is a volunteer-run initiative in support of humanitarian organizations that provide laughter, hope and healing to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil through sending handmade sock monkeys to children in need. Currently, we are working on trying to donate some of the sock monkeys to individuals who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you’re interested in creating and donating a sock monkey for this effort, send a message to the above e-mail by November 12 to receive more details. Thanks to OSM for their excitement & willingness to collaborate with this project!

Not sure what’s all involved or needed to make a handmade sock monkey? Check out this awesome and easy how-to video below featuring Kat walking you through step by step! Much thanks to Kat for her inspiration and on-going sock monkey mojo. You can learn more about Kat’s work here.

This swap and service project is open to anyone who wants to participate and help spread some sock monkey love!  It would be great to not only gift one another with our sock monkey creations, but to also make another sock monkey friend for a community in need.

Join us!