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Sock It To ME: a community public art project to raise awareness and funds.

Discussion in 'Advocacy Projects' started by creekfeet, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    I know they wouldn't be my old stinky socks... I was just thinking stupid.
    Sometimes I'm too good at that. :cool::cool::cool:

    Still... it will be a project to come up with a "creative sock."
    I hope I don't get too crazy with it. :Retro tongue: :Retro tongue::Retro tongue:
  2. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    If you're wanting to specify socks of a certain size (I guess we're not thinking of "real" socks anymore?), on the website still to be developed, could be templates of sock sizes/shapes child, medium, large, etc. so people would have an idea of what's needed.
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    talkingfox Senior Member

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    I think any sort of sock would work..real or not, but yeah I think there needs to be size limitations. I don't think they need to be as uniform as quilt blocks would have to be or anything.
  4. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    I like the tape concept, jace! I was thinking somewhere in a half-asleep state last night that something broad like ribbon or "braid" could be good. Putting names on that, brilliant. But I'm so sorry to learn that Peter Rabbit is ill, too.

    Size... If we say one sock per foot of garland for example, grace, fox, whaddaya think? Then the socks would be maybe no smaller than 15" square (size of a 3 x 5 index card) and no larger than 100" square (or a tad larger than an 8.5 x 11 photo) or should we go smaller and bigger?

    DB, I'm glad the socks are growing on you! (Your feet will stay warm that way, though hard to wash.) Goofiness aside, though, I definitely want a part of the project to be listing people who need a sockmaker and matching them up with volunteers who will make socks.

    For more ideas check out various ways of making Christmas stockings. They can be like felt-boards sorta, cut felt shapes glued together. Ribbon, fringe, sequins, feathers, quilting, embroidery, all kinds of things could be attached. One could buy a simple Christmas stocking and use it as a base, or use a great big wool sock, and add to it.

    I'm working now on looking at the AIDS quilt website for some ideas on the design of Sock It To ME website so we can start inviting socks to arrive as soon as we have some volunteer to send them to. Then we can go public with the idea, providing links to the website and publicity. It would be good if we can have the plans for display all arranged by that time, but if necessary we can start receiving socks and just say the display will debut at a time and location to be announced. I wonder how long ahead one needs permits for the DC Mall? And what would be a good target date? Is there an anniversary of some sort that we could use as a news hook and say, "This is the premiere display of Sock It To ME, presented on this date in honor of (insert occasion here)."
  5. starryeyes

    starryeyes Senior Member

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    May 12 is ME/CFS Day.
  6. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Think we can hit the ground runni--- scratch that metaphor. Think we can pull something together in time for May 12? Maybe! That would be great.
  7. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    WOW--that is REALLY SOON! :eek::eek::eek:

    Spring is my worst time of year. Currently, I'm in agony due to pollen allergies... which feel more like being poisoned by plutonium. I will not be up for doing a magnificently creative sock until probably the end of June, when the sex-wild plant kingdom finally begins to dry up and shrivel. Unless you all can make the rain come back for the next three months straight.

    I am the scrooge of springtime. :In bed:
  8. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Poor DB. I know only a fraction of that misery. I get bouts of allergy from time to time, but not one solid and seemingly endless season. Well, we can try to gather as many socks as we can as soon as we can and see what becomes doable when.
  9. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    I can't wait to read this thread before responding:

    What a fantastic idea! And, so doable! And, so interesting!

    I love this!

    I'm so excited!

    Ok, gonna go read now.

    I'm so excited!

    :eek:)
  10. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Has somebody already suggested a Facebook Page for this?

    Probably.

    Ok, gonna go read.

    So excited!
  11. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Thoughts:

    I'm going to embroider something on a simple cotton sock with brightly coloured embroidery thread - don't know what, yet.

    Socks (or a sock, which is how I'm leaning but push me over and I'll lean the other way) can be sent in an envelope making this major doable! (this is such a brill. idea, you!)

    We can launch the undertaking on May 12 but need only have a couple of example socks by that point - seems we have a couple underway already!

    Once we have our site with our fabulous and wonderfully artistic sock pic.s, and pic.s of our travelling sock show...

    we can sell blue "Sock it to ME" socks!

    We can get a sock manufacturer to customize a simple pair of blue socks and sell them as a fund raising effort!

    (Does anyone know a sock manufacturer with ME? Too specific? :tongue: Ok, ok, we get a really deep discount at the very least.)

    I mean, seriously, everybody needs socks!
  12. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Yeah, we need a Facebook page. I can barely get my breath, this thing seems to be barreling forward so fast. I kinda want to get the website in place before telling Dr. Bell and Hillary Johnson who co-inspired the project or the Whittemores or people I know in media who can help promote it. So, maybe website first, then FB page?
  13. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Web Content Outline:

    Home Page: ME/CFS Overview/Project Description, email addy & po box @ bottom

    I. Send Socks
    A. Sock Submission Guidelines (size, materials, durability &c)
    B. Sock Submission Form
    C. People Making Socks for People Needing Socks Made
    i. List people needing socks with their preferred motifs, colors &c
    ii. List people volunteering to make socks for others with their preferred media, possibly samples
    iii. Form to request someone makes socks for you
    iv. Form to offer to make socks for someone else

    II. See Socks
    A. .Photos
    i. Randomized or links to photos of individual socks & garlands on display in various places
    ii. (eventually searchable sock photos by name)
    B. Socks on Tour
    i. Schedule of upcoming displays
    ii. Photos of past tour displays

    III. Sock News
    Sock Stories, Press Clips &c

    IV. Socking It Away: Donations and Fundraising
    A. Explanation of where donations go
    B. Donate button
    C. Sock Hops
    i. Attend one: list of upcoming hops
    ii. Host one: Fundraiser Event Template
    D. Stocking Stuffers
    List thanking major supporters, foundation grants, corporate donations &c

    V. ME/CFS Community Information
    A. Links to good sites for info and services
    B. “further info” Link to email sockit2mecfs@gmail.com

    VI. Sock Shop
    Sales of sock lapel pins, t-shirts, mugs and of course socks.
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    talkingfox Senior Member

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    I think launching the project by May 12th is doable, but having the socks ready for display is not.

    Just felt a need to clarify here.

    I think that getting a date from the Mall in DC is a priority, that way we can set a demonstration day when the project officially launches.

    Also, web content outline has been forwarded to geekland :) We'll see what we can come up with.
  15. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Wonderful thoughts. And it can't hurt to ask for sock manufacturers, t-shirt screen printers, logo designers... hang on! I'll post the list I just made of volunteers we want to rope in.
  16. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Okay, a DC Mall launch would be a nice splash. If that could happen May 12 we could go wild getting as many socks together by then as possible. If not that date, then we proceed accordingly.

    Great news re: geekland. Can you add the shop on to the outline? I added it above but it wasn't in the version I pm'd you.

    I can try to write out the home page content tomorrow. No, wait. Skipped out on sorting tax receipts today, tomorrow is daughter to neurologist... well, I'll see if I can play hookey again and write the home page content asap, unless someone else wants to take that on!
  17. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Template: Introduce the Idea to Friends

    What I wrote to the first batch of people I'm running this by, outside of PR... feel free to copy it, revise it, personalize it and use it to rope in some more help!

  18. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Ok, so, I immediately thought of McGregor Socks because they used to have a factory in downtown Toronto. I don't think it's in operation any longer but it is a company that operates in Canadian, the US and globally.

    If you go to the below link and pull down the menu under "corporate" they have a page for "charitable" but nothing there -- it is clearly waiting for us!

    http://www.mcgregorsocks.com/corporate_info_mcgregor.html

    I love how quickly Creek Feet can create a document that looks like 30 people had 20 meetings and created 10 drafts!

    I would be very happy to make an in person pitch, following a phone pitch, since McGregor head office is in Toronto if we decide to go that way. I used to pitch films a lot and was pretty good at the pitch. I don't know if that's still the case, though. Early days, I know, don't worry, I'm not phoning anyone on my own volition.

    still excited though!
  19. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Template: Specifics for Volunteers

    Here's what I told the first person to contact the project email offering help. Feel free to copy it and provide it to any potential volunteers you may find.
  20. talkingfox

    talkingfox Senior Member

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    What I was thinking is we launch the project publically and open the call for socks on May 12th...NOT display then.. NOT ENOUGH TIME. We're going to be scrambling getting a website by that time and getting all the ducks in a row to even make this possible.

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