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Bayside leadlighting

45 Sock Monkeys

This painted stained glass window was constructed for an AGDA (Architectural Glass Design Australia) exhibition at Federation Square in Melbourne in 2012.  Traditionally, sock monkeys are handcrafted soft children's toys made predominantly from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s.  These toys were made from old Rockford socks, the socks were brown with red heels and toes.  Women would recycle the socks into stuffed monkey toys for children.  As there was no set design to work from, each monkey created was as unique and individual.  It is perhaps for this reason the sock monkey has become part of contemporary pop culture.  This painted stained glass window was constructed for an AGDA (Architectural Glass Design Australia) exhibition at Federation Square in Melbourne in 2012.  The grid design was used for simplicity and as a subtle reference to the hand crafted quilts made in past.