Crochet Artist Olek Needs Your Help!

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

As we speak, world renowned crochet artist (and friend of Boogie) Agata Olek is in some serious shit across the pond.  But not because of her unique craft of public yarn-bombing. A recent trip to London resulted in jail time, and she must quickly raise the necessary funds for legal fees. Details of said encounter that led to custody remain somewhat convoluted, but here’s what we know so far.

According to a communique from the artist herself, Olek traveled to London for a charity exhibition on October 6, and later became involved in “an incident with a drunk and aggressive male who behaved reprehensibly.” This ambiguous “incident” resulted in serious charges which could impact her career and output for the foreseeable future. Herewith is an excerpt from Olek’s appeal for monetary assistance:

Olek recently arrived in London in order to fulfill a variety of professional engagements; the first of which was to donate a piece of art work to a charitable organization. On October 6th after donating a piece of her art to the charity at a show in London, Olek was involved in an incident with a drunk and aggressive male who behaved reprehensibly.The incident happened extremely quickly and not knowing anyone in London or able to access her cell phone for numbers she was swept up into the legal system and treated very poorly. This has resulted in very serious charges being leveled against her which she strenuously denies. She has not even had the chance to state her case before a Court and she must await a statutory timetable before she can present her case properly.

She has now been fortunate enough to be referred on to an appropriate lawyer to defend her against these entirely false allegations, but effective legal representation in cases like this comes at a cost. Today, she needs your help to assist her to get through this terrible and unfair ordeal. At the moment she is facing serious charges with a risk of custody if she is not represented properly and able to expose the untruths and falsehoods in the allegations made against her.”

Can you help?

I am at the moment forced to remain in the UK.  My new lawyer was able to assist me to finally change my bail conditions and travel to Poland for two shows. We were also able to get rid of a curfew…. Oh yeah! For over a month I had to stay home between 8pm – 6am each night and wear a plastic tracking bracelet around my ankle. This was of itself beyond comprehension to me. It was clearly in place simply because I am not a British citizen and did not have access to proper representation.

This is all the more worrying if I can’t continue to finance my current lawyers, as without the support that I am now pleading for, there is the risk of an even bigger injustice.

I am still making art, getting ready for a show in Tony’s Gallery in London … but I had to cancel so many events as I am not able to travel…. I do hope it will change soon. The worst is, I cannot do what I love the most: street art. So, if you really like my art, pls help me to get back on my feet and cover this world in crocheted camo pattern.

I tried to apply for emergency grants but I was told I do not qualify. I cannot even use pages like kickstarter to find funds to help me fight this unfortunate incident. That’s why I do really need you!

Once it is over, I can tell stories about how I’ve learned a head stand after being in the cell for 5 days, about people I met behind prison walls… or why I want to come back there to teach how to crochet and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Let’s all help a neighborhood sister out, and get her back to crocheting New York City!  Fans who wish to do so can donate funds in exchange for Olek art by heading here.

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  • Anonymous

    I feel like we need to know WHAT the incident was before we can help, no? 

  • David

    You sure this isn’t an e.mail from Nigeria? 

  • Silent H

    Is this a joke? Cause it reads like one of those scam emails.

  • Elie

    It’s legit. There’s apparently a gag order, and that statement was approved by the attorney. Her first court date is next week.

  • Randyburman

    Can this story be verified? I have found only one other mention of this story on Google.

  • David

    Turns out the drunk and obnoxious guy was Tony Blair on a bender. (clearly we are no help)

  • David

    I’m guessing somebody got darned.