Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wondrous Crochet

Here's some crochet work to ponder: The Incredible Crochet World of Olek. She says of her work: Olek herself says about her work:"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 stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart."
olimpius #3, instituto sacatar, brazil
And her studio is in Brooklyn. I am adding that to my reasons for wanting to go back to Brooklyn again. Elita and I were there for far too short a time last July. Not a week goes by that Brooklyn is not referenced in something a read and bookmark or clip out. The file is growing. Olek just added to it.
crocheted bike-like object nr 2
Here's some more commentary from Environmental Graffiti:

"Her journey to the use of crochet as an art medium was a long one, starting in an after-school-program in Poland where she took the book home and pushed herself to learn it. Then she forgot about crochet until she was 16 and cut her hair short, when she realized she could crochet a hat to cover it in the cold, and friends asked her to make a few things as well.

"Once again though, the crochet hook was put down, until she arrived in the U.S. and was asked to make a costume for a dance rehearsal. She could not afford a sewing machine, but remembered her crochet abilities and designed a costume by crocheting. The final event was attending a sculpture class where the professor challenged her to make a sculpture out of the material, and from that time on, it has become the medium for her artistic creations."

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