Fibre Artist Sola Fiedler is pleased to present the Vancouver Tapestry (11.6’ x 5.3’) at grunt gallery’s 30th Anniversary Party on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Inspired by Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the tapestry took the 78-year-old more than 5,000 hours to weave, beginning in May 2009.
“There’s usually one perfect spot where you can see the whole city and then I imagine myself either in a helicopter or as an eagle, flying around and I actually physically walk every inch of the city, sometimes going back and looking at a building over and over and over again until I get it exactly right…this takes two or three years,” Fiedler says in her promotional video. She wants her piece to stay in the Vancouver community – ideally on public display – and is seeking a buyer for the piece who feels as strongly as she does.
The tapestry will be on display from Friday, August 29 to Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12:00-5:00pm at the Mainspace Community Gallery with access via the grunt gallery, located at 116-350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
The Opening Reception coincides with the grunt gallery’s 30th Anniversary Party on Thursday, August 28, 6:30-8:30pm. There will be an artist’s talk on Saturday, August 30 at 1:00pm.
Using yarn from recycled sweaters, Fiedler meticulously weaves large-scale cityscapes in pinpoint detail, from the number of floors in a building to the colour of the trees and water. She is best known for her tapestry tributes to the cities that have hosted Olympic Games, including Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002, and Sydney, Australia in 2000. Her work captures the architectural elements and spirit of each city at that moment in time.
Fiedler grew up in London during and after World War II, when recycling played a fundamental role in daily life. Since winning a prize in 1973 for Best Fibre Art in Vancouver, B.C., her work has been collected by notable corporations and individuals including Crown Zellerbach, Woodward’s, the CIBC, UBC, CBC, and Jim Pattison. Fiedler has exhibited in numerous galleries across North America. Her work is more relevant than ever today, as young artisans worldwide claim craft traditions like weaving as their own. Fiedler currently lives in Vancouver, B.C.