You thought crochet was just some textile pattern to make grandma’s clothes and tablecloths, @oleknyc will change your mind forever.
Agata Oleksiak or more widely known as Olek is a Polish Fibre Artist based in New York City. Famous for yarn-bombing monuments; Olek back in 2012 also let the Wall Street Bull run wild in purple and pink camo crochet.
Covering objects around them in snug crochet is a part of the artist’s body of work; But is it limited to only that? Not in the least! Olek has recreated works of famous creators in their own unique medium. In an installation, they reimagined the infamous photograph of artist Keith Haring by photographer Annie Leibovitz, by covering the room and their models in crochet.
The artist is also known for their community-based projects around the world in support of women’s rights, sexual equality, and freedom of expression. These efforts include but not limited to protest against domestic violence in India; highlighting the struggles and hopes of Syrian refugee women in Sweden; Or fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community in Russia.
Galleries, museums, and public spaces worldwide, including Art Basel and Wynwood Walls in Miami, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and The Smithsonian in Washington DC have exhibited Olek’s work.
Crochet is not just their medium for art but for wardrobe as well. You can see the artist often done head-to-toe crochets in the streets of Brooklyn.
Olek said on their website,” I Make Shit Happen Since 1978″
This is why, in a long time as an artist, they have covered just about anything you can imagine in their signature fluorescent colored pink and purple camo-patterned crochet, including these-
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