Olek Featured on CBS News [Video]

Posted on: July 26th, 2011 at 10:18 am by

Crochet artist extraordinaire Agata Olek has been fairly quiet on the Lower East Side recently.  Since her departure from the Christopher Henry Gallery two months ago, new sweater sightings in the neighborhood have slowed to a trickle.  However, she did crochet an outfit for the pop-up piano in Dumbo as part of the Sing for Hope series.

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Late to the game, the local mainstream news finally discovered her unique artwork.  CBS News published an online segment about Oleks’s crocheting prowess last Friday, which mentions the epic sheathing of the Wall Street Bull during the holiday season and her disdain for so-called “yarn-bombers.”

Meanwhile, defying mother nature, city pollution, and graffiti cleanup patrols, Olek’s Banksy tribute still hangs above Delancey.  It’s quite faded, though.

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Thanks to her exposure here in New York, Olek’s “Knitting is for Pus****” exhibit will be part of the 40 Under 40 traveling gallery show, which opens at the Smithsonian Museum in 2012.

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