Photos (except where noted) and all art by Olek.
Last summer, Polish born and New York based artist Agata Olek had an exhibit at the Christopher Henry Gallery in Manhattan entitled “Knitting is For Pus***.” The exhibit featured a miniature apartment in which every object inside was crocheted! You can see a bit of the apartment in the above picture. The exhibit was supposed to last for one month and due to overwhelming demand it kept getting extended. In fact, you still have a chance to see the exhibit (so go to 127 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan ASAP!). As the exhibit gained popularity, Olek and her unique art have been featured in magazines and on TV channels across the world.
And then she went viral. On Christmas Eve, Olek left a gift for the citizens of New York. If you haven’t seen this video of Olek crocheting an outfit on the bull that presides over Wall Street, you’re about to fall in love….
I had the great fortune of wearing Olek’s crocheted outfits on two occasions last year (one of those occasions resulted in a really cool photo shoot for an article that appeared in Paper Magazine) and 2011 marked occasion number three. Olek did an interview for Polish TV today and I was there not only to catch the action, but to be the action!
No visit with an artist or celebrity is complete without my infamous “take it with your hand” photo.
2011 is looking extremely bright for Olek and I am so pleased for her. She’s tremendously talented and she’s one of the coolest people you could ever hope to meet. Just remember, this is Olek’s world and we are just living in it!