Artist covers objects and people in wool

1. A plane comes in to land over a person covered in crocheted yarn on a beach on St Martin in the Caribbean. Polish-born artist Olek has created wacky crocheted and knitted artworks around the world.

Artist covers objects and people in wool

2. Olek, real name Agata Oleksiak, says the intensive nature of her work often finds herself alone for days. “I feel like somebody, or rather something glued the hook with crazy clue to my fingers. A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable.”

Artist covers objects and people in wool

3. Olek exhibits in galleries but also performs guerrilla ‘yarnbombing’ actions such as on Antony Gormley’s beach sculptures in Liverpool.

Artist covers objects and people in wool

4. Olek will celebrate her decade of crochet art in an exhibition starting 20 July 2012 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

Artist covers objects and people in wool

5. Olek and a model pose in her Homage to Keith Haring 2011, produced during a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency at Workspace, New York

Artist covers objects and people in wool

6. Where the wild things are (my grandmother’s house), 2012, Poland

Artist covers objects and people in wool

7. Performers sit on crocheted excavators during the Katowice Street Art Festival, Poland, April 2012

Artist covers objects and people in wool

8. Catch me if you can, St Martin, Caribbean, 2011

Artist covers objects and people in wool

9. ‘Yarnbomber’ graffiti knit artist Agata Oleksiak poses with her digger covered in yarn, in Katowice, Poland

Artist covers objects and people in wool



10. Gato Negro, Gato Blanco, 2012, Barcelona, Spain

Artist covers objects and people in wool

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