Meet the Vendor: Monkey Sock Monkey
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Sam. My friend Cary and I make kits for kids to make monkeys! We used to send packages between our respective homes in Santa Cruz and Bellingham, full of sock monkeys and drawings and scraps of fabric and little musings. Cary’s kids would eagerly anticipate the next box from “the monkey lady” and eventually demanded to make their own sock monkeys. That was when we decided to make kits, to make it easier for them.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
We’re always getting our hands dirty and doing fun projects. Cary’s latest was The Color Festival. She and her community (near Bellingham) spend months sewing crazy outfits and painting props to make a sort of living homage to the rainbow. I just finished a parking space installation for Seattle Design Festival – I was on the front page of the Seattle Times with my space-themed LeMoonAde Stand on Sept 19. It’s been a good start to the fall!
What was your first memory of making something?
When I was about 5, I would take apart radios and make collages out of their interiors. About the same time period, my mom allowed me to draw on the walls of the hallway that led from my bedroom to the bathroom. Those were good days.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
Cary will be hauling a mini-van full of pottery and sock monkeys down from Acme, Washington, a gorgeous little town about 90 miles north of Seattle. I just have to brave the gauntlet of downtown Seattle traffic from Beacon Hill to UCU. It’s unclear who will have the shorter drive.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Seeing all the people! We do most of our sales online and wholesale, so it’s only at UCU that we get to interact with people and see their reactions to the product – which is what we’re in it for!
Who’s your biggest fan?
My Corgi dog!
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
The squirrel kit. I just love her little hands.
Find out more at www.monkeysockmonkey.com
And check out the Urban Craft Uprising Instagram for a chance to win a Monkey Sock Monkey kit!