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"Love Across the USA" Workshop with Olek

New York-based artist Olek returns to Raleigh for a cross-country public art project, "Love Across the USA."

Olek, who is widely known for “yarn-bombing” sites, will work with participants to create a portrait of an important N.C. woman. Olek will lead a series of workshops to teach the crochet technique necessary to help create Raleigh’s tribute to a strong woman’s voice. 

Workshop participants will be in charge of completing one square, a 2ft x 2ft piece of the overall artwork, which will
then be sewn together to create the final mural coming to the Raleigh Convention Center this October. 

Additional Workshops:

  • Friday, August 25th, 6 - 9pm @ Artspace (201 E. Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)

  • Saturday, August 26th, 11 - 2pm @ Top Greene (401 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601)

Project Beginnings 

In 2016, Olek and her NYC community came together to create a project in support of a future female leader. In the weeks leading up to the election, the team met to crochet, listen to podcasts, and share their thoughts on women’s rights, equality, and freedom of speech. It inspired the artist to create a project that would celebrate the accomplishments of extraordinary women from throughout U.S. history. "Love Across the USA" is a community public art project with the goal of bringing the community together through open
workshops and public art installations. It is only as a united group that we can promote positive women’s voices and create real change. Just as many loops connect to create a strong crocheted fabric, we are stronger together. To date, portraits of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman have been created in New York State.

Earlier Event: August 26
Hearsay Artwork Drop-Off
Later Event: September 4
Submerged Artist Group