I’ve always kind of vaguely wondered how crochet artist Olek gets that signature camoflauge-style pattern that is almost always featured in her work. I’d never really looked into it but then last week there was a great post over on Crochetbug that showed some detailed photos of Olek’s work and it gave me the chance to learn more about it.
Crochetbug at Olek Show
First, Crochetbug’s post … Leslie got the chance to go see Olek’s show at Flander’s Gallery. You might have seen photos of the outside of the gallery, which is completely covered in Olek’s work. Or you may have seen the crochet-covered tractor that Crochetbug photographed and that also was making its way around the web on Pinterest, Twitter, etc. (a version of which is shown above).
Leslie took a bunch of photos from her visit, which you can, and should, check out in her slideshow of photos. (Thanks to Leslie for letting me share a few of them here in this post!) I think it’s great that she got to see this show which is located in Raleigh. Most of Olek’s work to date has been shown in New York (although certainly not all of it, especially since she recently had a big London show) so many of us in the rest of the US haven’t had a chance to see it in person.
Olek’s Camo Pattern
Olek has a really signature style for her work. I’ve always called it the camo pattern because that’s what it looks like to me. And I’ve always kind of wondered how she gets that look. Originally I had assumed that she planned out this cool pattern. Then somewhere along the line I started thinking that the pattern randomly happened as a result of just working with a variegated yarn. I’ve done some large-format work with variegated yarn and it can come out looking like Olek’s camoflauge style. But these photos from Crochetbug show that actually Olek does do color changes to create that camo effect.
You can see from the close-up detail in these shots that the entire pattern is worked in in double crochet and there are distinct color changes easily marked by the loose ends between those color changes. So that seems to be how Olek does it, folks.
The Rest of the Show
The Flanders Gallery show has a mixture of Olek’s different pieces. There are the large things yarnbombed with this camo style, the most significant of which is the tractor. And there are her large scale text pieces, which are a big part of her work since she is known for incorporate sayings, text messages, emails, etc. from her everyday life into her crochet art. But I have to say that my favorites from the photos Leslie took are the skateboards:
The skateboards have signature Olek style in both camo print and text (not visible here but you can see the text in Leslie’s other photos) but are a little different from most of her other work that I’ve seen and for some reason I’m drawn to them.
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