Magda Sayeg is a textile artist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her work began as a way to take her knitting out onto the streets, graffiti style, starting a textile graffiti revolution that swept the world.
Credited with being the mother of the yarn bombing movement, she began working on larger and larger projects and collaborations, pushing the boundaries of the art form. Highlights of her early work include the knitting/crochet covered bus in Mexico City, as well as a solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione .
She remains active in the knitted graffiti art space, leading community-based projects as well as working on commissions around the world with brands such as Dover Street Market, 7UP, Madewell and Mini Cooper. Magda’s installations have been featured prominently at American icons of contemporary culture, such as the Standard Hotel, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.
She continues to expand her boundaries with a directorship with integrated media company 1stAveMachine – a new vehicle for development of video, digital and experimental content for TV, print, web and mobile.
Recent projects include an installation covering the AC ductwork of Etsy’s headquarters in Brooklyn, covering a London bus in custom and vintage knitted material and community-based projects in Dubai and Malaysia.