[WATCH] This Prolific New York City Yarn Bomber Seeks to Inspire Change Nationwide

Lower East Side based artist Olek is well known for her massive, over-sized yarn-bombing and crochet art. In this short profile video from our friends at Great Big Story, see how the artist is yarn-bombing world-wide to affect positive change.

Crochet is not generally viewed as a fine art, nor is it commonly used as a vehicle for social change. But New York-based artist Agata Oleksiak (aka Olek) is challenging those assumptions by elevating the craft and using it as a force for community building. With the streets as her canvas, Olek uses the help of local volunteers to crochet her large-scale crochet masterpieces. For her latest project, “Love Across the USA,” she will travel to every state in the United States to produce crocheted murals that celebrate prominent women in US history. With each unique installation, she’s developed an art form that truly belongs to everyone.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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