Artist Sam Barsky, rather than buying a t-shirt or a souvenir from a gift shop as majority of people do, does something very unconventional. 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 very unusual, but it’s an endearing way to chronicle his travels.
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!
Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA