Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sock Monkeys Take to The Streets of Toronto Ontario

wall hanging, Quilt with Sock Monkey Butterfly by Robin Polfuss
Sock Monkeys seem to be hanging around in trees, in wagons, shopping carts T shirts and even o cut out plywood

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Cabbagetown Festival, Queen West Art Walk, One of a Kind spring and Christmas sales, they are every where. (the wall hanging and wagon full of monkeys above are made by a delightful sock monkey fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of them, and in spite of talking to her time and time again at various shows over the past few years, including the Queen West Art Walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park just 8 hours ago I am embarrassed to say I have forgotten her name and can’t find her card, (But you know her right.)
Robin Polfuss is her name and her website is

The charm and pull of these mischievous creatures is slowly seeping into other media. Losing the sock in the dryer, so to speak.
Round 'em up, head 'em out, ride 'em hard... rawhide!Original Painting on salvaged plywood with genuine stuff attachedplywood cutouts by KuKu CaJu, Judy Anderson and Camilla Williams
This little cowboy sock monkey portrait will spark dreams of taking all your lovely stuffed friends on one of those City Slicker fantasy vacations you've been dreaming of. Don't delay... order today... and then buy that ticket! Their esty page
Not that Sock Monkeys were the only show in town this weekend in Trinity Bellwoods Park, I met Kelly Mullen a gardener and textile artist doing the Art Walk for the first time. Showing quilted, embroidered and crochet pieces, her small embroidery pieces are a steal (shop now, her prices will be going up) There is something in her work that makes me think this is only the first of many future opportunities to see her work

Cardigan by Kelly Mullan, “log cabin” pieced un-quilted square, embellished with embroidery, 7.5” X 7”, 2008

the number of textile artist at the Cabbagetown Festival was up noticeably from last year, the over all size of the Art in Trinity Bellwoods Park component of the Queen West Art Walk was down from last year and the number of textile people even more so. Some thought it was because the Art Walk was more “art” while the Cabbagetown Festival has a larger “Craft” presence. Whether that is true or not is neither here nor there.

other artist at both shows were:
James Fowler. Texti'll
Gabe Thirlwall, Fish on Fridays
the next major Textile event on Queen Street West will be the Hard Twist exhibition November 8 2008 to January 4 2009 (OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 6-9PM ) at the Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West.

This exhibition will feature Gareth Bate , Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton,


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