Extreme Crocheting

olek extremem

Polish-born artist, Olek, loves watching movies and making art; creating these crochet works allows her to do both at the same time. This is definitely not your granny’s crocheted doilies and toilet paper roll covers. Olek turns the traditional craft into something edgy by covering everyday objects with crochet, transforming them into installation pieces. She explains her work this way:

The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space…

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Modeling Hyberbolic Space – via Crochet


The simplest way to understand hyperbolic space is to think of a lettuce leaf. It’s a two-dimensional surface on which the curvature is bunched up in such a way that it puts a twist on flat Euclidean geometry. For years, mathematicians had a difficult time modeling the space visually until the late 1990s when Daina Taimina, a mathematician at Cornell, discovered that the complex shapes could be reproduced through crochet.

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