A middle-aged man with a yen for travel is documenting his wanderlust in wool, designing and crafting dozens of unusual sweaters which he proudly wears in the exact places that inspired them, posing for photographs that are endearing and bizarre.
Spot him standing tall against the Manhattan skyline, celebrating his honeymoon at Niagara Falls, or poised in front of Stonehenge – each time sporting a bespoke sweater to match the venue. He also focuses on Jewish holidays and iconic Israeli zip codes.
See his “menorah sweater”, and catch him in front of the Western Wall in his “Kotel sweater”, below.
For nearly 20 years American Samuel Barsky has been knitting sweaters that portray familiar international landscapes. He took up knitting in 1999, and – encouraged by staff at a local yarn shop – quickly elevated his basic skills into personal mission. Using the knit fabric as his canvas, and a colorwork technique known as intarsia, he creates tapestry-like pictures from inexpensive acrylic yarns.
Baltimore-based Barsky poses in his twin Passover sweaters “Seder plate” (above) and “matzo” (below).
It’s always sweater weather for Samuel Barsky. He is available for speaking engagements, exhibitions of his sweaters, and knitting workshops. Learn more about him on his website (link here), Facebook page (link here) and Instagram account (link here).
Images from Sam Barksy’s Facebook Page