Video courtesy of Olek and NBC.
On February 4, 2011, I was fortunate enough to have another chance to step inside the crocheted world of Polish artist Olek. Olek’s exhibit “Knitting is for Pus***” is currently on display at the Christopher Henry Gallery (located at 127 Elizabeth Street in New York). The exhibit was supposed to be on view for one month last August, but due to overwhelming popularity, the exhibit has traveled across the United States and has been written about on nearly every important art site across the globe. As you’ll see in the above video, Olek crocheted the contents of an apartment built inside the Christopher Henry Gallery and it’s incredible! I’ve had the opportunity to wear Olek’s crocheted body suits before and every time I’ve done so, I’ve had an amazing experience.
For this adventure (as you’ll see in the clip), I wore a blue body suit. My instructions were to hang out in the apartment and get some ironing done while Olek was being interviewed. No problem. Once the NBC crew showed up, we were given a new assignment: go outside in 20 degree weather and spread the colorful message of crotchet to the people we passed on the street. Was it freezing outside? Yes. Was it an experience I’ll never forget? Yes. Would I do it again? Hell yes! Thanks again Olek!