Olek Covers the World in Crochet

Go behind the scenes with Olek and her large-scale crocheted artworks.
Go behind the scenes with Olek and her large-scale crocheted artworks.

Olek is an artist who works in the traditional medium of crochet and transforms the soft material into massive-scale art installations around the world. Blanketing rooms, cars, trains, public walls and sculptures with her exceptionally colorful crocheted work, Olek makes bold statements that often address important social issues such as equality and consumerism. She often reacts to current events as they happen, creating messages that ask us to consider our social climate and environment. Olek wants to inspire others to be creative, and she often creates public art to bring art and her vision to the masses. She views her crocheted, pieced-together artworks as a metaphor for the idea the everyone is interconnected.

In this episode of Art School, we go behind the scenes with Olek as she installs a new piece titled I haven’t a Single Explorer on My Planet, and discusses her artistic path, process and intentions.

Olek lives and works in New York City and is originally from Poland. She exhibits her work internationally at art fairs, museums, galleries, and in public spaces.

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. She has interviewed many well-known contemporary artists including Miranda July, Daniel Clowes, David Shrigley, Olek, and JR. Kristin's artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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