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Yarn Warfareby Jess Klemm
Although one of the latest works of famous yarn bomber Olek wasn’t done illegally, it still has that arresting, unexpected juxtaposition.
Yarn bombing, a.k.a. yarnstorming or guerrilla crocheting, is a form of street art and is comparable to graffiti in that bombers usually cover public property.
However, this bombing was done for the Social Service of Commerce (SESC) arts show in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme for the show was “memory of things” and ran from July 19-29, 2012.
“Crocheted Jacaré” is the name of the installation and is essentially a massive cozy covering an alligator-shaped playground. The head of the gator and the tail spikes are wrapped in what seems to be her signature loud and bright camouflage-like pattern, which is always ironic, as the purpose of camouflage is quite the contrary. Using North Carolinian acrylic yarn and Brazilian ribbons, Olek calls it a “multicultural mix.” Created on the SESC grounds, the installation took several weeks with the help of other crocheters.
Olek was born in Poland and currently resides in Brooklyn. Here is an excerpt from her website explaining her work:
“My art was a development that took me away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland. It has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. My goal is to produce new work and share it with the public. I intend to take advantage of living in NYC with various neighborhoods and, with my actions, create a feedback to the economic and social reality in our community.”