Bits of old sweaters, wire and wool they're are all spun into a whimsical new exhibit opening at the Mendel Art Gallery next week.

Hundreds of sock monkeys and more abstract creatures hang from the walls. These sometimes alien-like creatures all come from the mind of Victoria, B.C. artist Trace Nelson.

Sock monkey art show

B.C. artist Trace Nelson's show 'Walls of Intrigue & Cabinets of Curiosity' opens January 24 at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. ( Britainy Robinson/CBC)

Nelson began by playing with the idea of the old fashioned sock monkey. Working with old sweaters and other recycled materials she made several monkeys. Then the animals began to evolve.

"They started to turn into more abstract kinds of creatures." Nelson said. "There's moments of excitement when I'm working away."

She said the excitement is also felt by families who come to see the show.

"I know a lot of people that have had sock monkeys as children," she said. "There's always lots of stories that people have about those feelings of having a sock monkey. It was their first friend." 

Trace Nelson: Walls of Intrigue & Cabinets of Curiosity opens at the Mendel Art Gallery on January 24th. If you'd like to see more on the exhibit tune into CBC News Saskatchewan tonight 5-6:30pm.