An Intelligent Knitting Designer ------Agata Oleksiak

Maybe you have heard of a knitted artist who wears a pink sweater for an old house ,that is Agata Oleksiak(known solely as Olek),A Polish girl with many maverick ideas.

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Olek received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań where she studied between 1997-2000, until 2002, after moving to Greenpoint and teaching herself English by watching subtitled movies, that she picked up a crochet hook at the dollar store and her former hobby erupted into an obsession.

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She covers everything from mundane household objects to public sculptures to people in her loopy yarn confections  in an activist guerilla fashion.

Yes,everything, statue on the seaside,children’s rickshaw,the sculpture of a hero outside the Polish Consulate,cars on the roadside and even the wall street bull.

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As a knitting Independent Designers ,Olek getting more and more famous,she found that wherever her knit art goes,there will be a focus ,even small things will be talked about.If this is the case, then knitting can make things that have been ignored return back to people's sight.

Then action

In order to appeal to people to protect marine animals, Olek woven five sets of mermaid clothing to the bottom of the sea, hoping that when people see it, they can pay attention to destructive fishing.

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A pair of mother and child horses are knitted,calling for people to care for animals

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Giving coconut trees a sweater appeal for plant protection

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Weave a warm little house for wanderers

But Olek's knitting behavior is not been understood by everyone. Some people think her behavior is too weird and even the court prosecutors have filed complaints about her behavior.

Olek insisted that it would make sense if people were concerned about these environmental issues even if they were not understood.

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About the pink house mentioned in the beginning,actually,because she noticed a news about Syrian children struggling in the war,she decide to do something for them to awaken people's attitude toward war.

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She found an old house that survived the bombing of World War II,Started her own best crochet,After many people in the area knew about it, they spontaneously came to help Olek. As a result, their team is getting bigger and bigger, and the knitwear is getting faster and faster.On the Knitted pattern,There are flowers butterflies, there are skulls,there are wishes and sufferings .

Obviously, when the pink house is finished

Many people visit,the media also reported,Olek has successfully attracted people's attention to war and refugees.

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“I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are strongly as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing Will fall apart. Relationships are complex and significantly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels simultaneously.”

——Stated by Agata Oleksiak

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Olek’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/oleknyc/?hl=en

Olek’s Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/crocheted.olek

  

Personal Awards and Exhibitions 

Awards

2011 Sculpture In Situ, Artaq Award. Paris, France

 

2011 FUND LMCC Grant for performance in public spaces. New York, NY

 

2008 Winner of Apex Art gallery’s PBS commercial competition. New York, NY

 

2007 USArtists International, support for performing arts at international festivals. USA/Poland

 

2004 The Ruth Mellon Memorial Award For Sculpture. The National Arts Club. New York, NY

Individual Exhibitions

2014  Santa Ágatha, la torera (St. Agatha, the bullfighter). Delimbo Gallery. Sevilla, Spain

 

2013 The End Is Far. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY

 

2013 Installation of hand-crocheted rainbow. St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

2012 I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone. Tony’s Gallery, London, England

 

2011 The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY

 

2010 Knitting is For Pus****. Christopher Henry Gallery. New York, NY

 

2010 Kiss Me, I Crochet. LIU Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

 

2010 99 Cents. G-Train. Brooklyn, NY

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