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Sunglass Hut Artist Series features guerrilla knitter

November 9, 2011 |  8:14 am

As it has started to get colder here in Southern California, the idea of sweaters for your sunglasses struck me as funny. And Sunglass Hut has got 'em, sort of.

For its annual Artist Series, the sunglasses chain has collaborated with Austin, Texas-based yarn artist Magda Sayeg, otherwise known as Knitta, on three limited edition styles (pictured above) for $130 each at (As part of its partnership with the charity foundation OneSight, $30 from each pair will go to help support and restore clear vision for people in need.) 

At the forefront of the guerrilla knitting movement, Sayeg founded the knitting graffitti crew KnittaPlease in 2005 after so many unfinished knitting projects. Since then, she has yarn bombed everything from a Central Park bench to a bus in Mexico City, as well as organizing community-based knitting projects to beautify urban areas. 


A recent installation on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City was commissioned by the North Brooklyn Public Arts Commission and the New York City Department of Transportation. Sayeg has collaborated with Absolut Vodka, Madewell and other brands, and her first solo exhibition was held last year at Rome's La Museo des Esposizione. 

In December, her work will be on view in Los Angeles at the Standard Hotel downtown. Or it could be before then, on a pair of toasty sunglasses on your face.

-- Booth Moore  


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Knitta sunglasses courtesy of Sunglass Hut. Magda Sayeg's "Art" project. Credit: Jack Edinger. Sayeg's crochet-covered bus. Credit: Cesar Ortega.