When traveling, most of us usually just pack some clean underwear and an extra t-shirt or two but artist Samuel Barsky has decided to take it a step – or should we say a mile – further. The man hand knits intricate sweaters depicting the scenes of the places he visits and has been doing so for the past 20 years!
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“Knitting (like I do) and travel go together very well. Since many of the sweaters I have knitted are of landmarks around the world, traveling gives me the opportunity to experience the very places I have depicted on my sweaters,” says the artist. “I also get a chance to teach my knitting skills to others, give speeches about it, and meet fans wherever I go. In addition, traveling enables me to see sites that give me inspiration for more sweater ideas.”
Sam says that the most challenging types of scenes to knit are urban scenes and bridges. “Some of the challenging ones I have done are Times Square, Las Vegas, and the Mackinac Bridge, which was my most recent,” said the man.
“At first, I didn’t think anything of the idea of posing in front of the landmarks or objects they represent. But it seemed like the natural choice to wear them there,” said Sam. “Before long, I had 10-15 such pictures. I realized this was a form of art of its own and I started making a conscious effort to create more pictures like these.”
People love Sam’s colorful sweaters with over 50k people having liked his Facebook page and another 41k following his Instagram account. See his colorful sweaters in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out our previous post here!