Guy Knits Sweaters of Places, Then Wears Them in Front of the Real Place

Knitted postcard sweaters

All of the sweaters Sam Barsky knitted in 2016

Many folks commemorate their adventures with a kitschy souvenir, but not artist Sam Barsky. Rather than buying a t-shirt from a gift shop, he does one better—he brings his own hand-knit, postcard sweaters of the locales he's visiting. In 2013, for instance, the Baltimore resident traveled across the pond to see places like Stonehenge and London’s Tower Bridge. To celebrate, he created garments that depicted each place. He then had his picture taken in front of them, all while wearing the sweaters. This meta move is unconventional, but it's an endearing way to chronicle his travels.

Barsky has been knitting for 17 years, and he started when he was at a crossroads in life. “I have a learning disability and also a neurological disorder that makes me tired and weak at times,” he told The Yarn Loop. “In 1999 it forced me to leave nursing school—at first I didn’t know what I was going to do.” He learned the craft from the owners of a local yarn shop. “They agreed to teach me how to knit on the condition I buy their yarn. To make a long story short, I’ve fulfilled my yarn buying debt to them and a lot more!”

After first knitting two solid-colored sweaters, Barsky wanted more creativity in his garments. Unable to find something that suited him, he realized that he could “just try to knit a sweater without a pattern.” It was a success and launched Barsky on his long journey to illustrating natural wonders, bustling metropolises, and even creepy crawlers. Each sweater is completely unique—all told, he’s made almost 90 of them, with no plans to stop. We’re looking forward to seeing where his knitting takes him!

Where would you like Sam Barsky and his postcard sweaters go to next?

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Stonehenge, UK

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Tower Bridge, London, UK

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Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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New Mexico desert, USA

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Niagara Falls (US side)

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Canary Islands, Spain

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Sam Barsky: Website | Facebook 
h/t: [Design You Trust]

All images via Sam Barsky.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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