MAGDA SAYEG

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE CULTURE -

The Amer­i­can “yarn bomb­ing”

artist knits up well. How did you get into knit­ting? When I was in high school, I had a boyfriend, and I re­ally wanted to make him a scarf, but it took too long, and then I broke up with him. So, I re­ally had no mo­ti­va­tion to do it. It took me an­other 10 years to get back into it again, and it didn’t spark a pas­sion in me un­til I placed it on inan­i­mate ob­jects. The first I did was a door cosy, and it re­ally changed the course of things. What do you usu­ally look for when se­lect­ing ob­jects to yarn bomb? I like ob­jects that are iconic, and some­thing that says some­thing about a place or a lo­ca­tion. My re­cent pro­ject in Pe­nang – there, I chose to yarn bomb a tr­ishaw. As far as colours go, I tend to go with colours that clash. I try to com­bine colours I don’t like at all, and even­tu­ally, make my­self like it through that pro­ject. That, to me, is a fun ex­plo­ration of colour. What’s your most am­bi­tious pro­ject? A dou­ble-decker bus in Lon­don. It took two days to com­plete! It’s been on my dream pro­ject list for­ever, and it’s one of the fastest projects I’ve ever done. The most mem­o­rable? A pro­ject for Comme des Garçons. I did a col­umn that ex­panded six floors; it was all hand-knit­ted. Know­ing Rei Kawakubo, she’s got a very spe­cific vi­sion, and while fig­ur­ing that out was dif­fi­cult at times, it was ul­ti­mately one of my proud­est mo­ments. What is the one thing that you would yarn bomb in Kuala Lumpur? I dream big. So, it would have to be the Twin Tow­ers.

Magda Sayeg

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