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M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Magda Sayeg (Knitta Please)


M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Magda Sayeg

M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Magda Sayeg

Artist: Magda Sayeg (Knitta Please)
Location: Austin, TX
Best Known For: yarnbombing
Main Site: http://magdasayeg.com
Blog: http://knittaporfavor.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/knittaplease/

Bio: Magda Sayeg, founder of the original knit graffiti crew Knitta Please, works to redefine a craft that has been relegated to the stuffy attic of people’s brains and dismissed by a limited vision for knitting’s purpose, its function, its practitioners. Sayeg’s work repositions this granny pastime in public spaces, streets formerly dominated by a hard, masculine public art culture. The fuzzy tags invoke entirely different connotations, antagonizing expectations and initiating dialogue about community-driven art and intersections between art and craft.

When Knitta Please first began tagging in 2005, yarnbombing was the collective’s response to the mass-produced.  By inserting handmade art in a landscape of concrete and steel, they were cheekily adding warmth to our urban fixtures.  Knit graffiti reengages us with our environment: the parking meters, buses, bike racks, lamp posts, car antennas, columns, statues, exposed plumbing, all of the furniture in our urban world that goes unnoticed every day.  And of course, Knitta makes the streets prettier along the way.

M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Magda Sayeg

M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Magda Sayeg

See this artist’s interpretation of the iconic paper doll at M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA.

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See this artist’s interpretation of the iconic paper doll at M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA.

”Paper Dolls” features new works on display at FIFTY24LA Gallery from January 14, 2010 through March 3, 2010.

Opening/Downtown LA Art Walk: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Second Opening/Downtown LA Art Walk: Thursday, February 11, 2010

FIFTY24LA GALLERY

125 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.623.4300
Tuesday – Saturday 12 to 6

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