March 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please, began by taking knitting out of the home and into the streets. The simple juxtaposition of this woven material placed within an urban environment has inspired a new generation of knitters who no longer view function as the sole purpose for knitting. This new approach to knitting questions the assumptions of a traditional craft while adding a previously unused material to the world of street art.
When Magda Sayeg began Knittaplease in 2005, it was her response to the dehumanizing qualities of an urban environment. By inserting handmade art in a landscape of concrete and steel, she adds a human quality that otherwise rarely exists. Knittaplease represents the present energy coming from knitting and more extensively weaving, while giving a nod to its powerful history. Her work has been recognized for its influence in street art as well as the craft of knitting. Magda Sayeg is based in Austin, Texas. Check out her website here (warning: your screen will flash) and her blog here. A gallery of her amazing and creative finished projects can be seen here. Chances are you’ll recognize quite a few of them!
Her latest work with Catherine Smith are knitted stairs in the lobby at GSD&M, an Austin-based ad company that teamed up with Google to sponsor The Industry Party this past Monday night. As an official SXSW event, musicians Mother Truckers and J Roddy Walston & the Business were featured, along with local Austin artists – including the legendary Daniel Johnston, Hugh MacLeod, Ian McLagan, Dave Mead and Magda Sayeg.
Sayeg has been a busy bee! Another recent project done in celebration of South by Southwest are the letters for Ink PR’s green room at the Austin Convention Center. Find more pictures and press about the thINK! room around the web: CNN, Ink’s blog, and Austin360.
Talk about knitting inspiration!