Vancouver Tapestry exhibit kicks off Grunt Gallery 30th Anniversary

Sola Fielder's Vancouver Tapestry made from recycled sweaters and other materials

Sola Fiedler’s Vancouver Tapestry made from recycled sweaters and other materials

It depicts Vancouver from the air and is nearly four metres long by two metres high. It took 208 days to make and is sourced from recycled sweaters. No this isn’t a cozy blanket I’m describing but a woven tapestry of Vancouver by Deep Cove-based fibre artist Sola Fiedler.

This year local arts institution Grunt Gallery turns 30 and local weaver Fiedler will help them celebrate with a showing of her Vancouver Tapestry work August 29-30.

Fiedler’s complex weaving project is one of many the award-winning fibre artist has completed in her career. Fiedler specializes in making large landscape weaving depicting cities, especially Olympic cities like Sydney, Australia and Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s also completed large weavings of Las Vegas and Key West.

The Vancouver Tapestry took more than 5,000 hours to weave. The petite, 70-something Fiedler started the Vancouver project 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.

Sola Fielder working on the Vancouver Tapestry || Photo Credit: Amanda Skuse

Sola Fiedler working on the Vancouver Tapestry || Photo Credit: Amanda Skuse

The Vancouver Tapestry has been displayed at the Mini-Maker Faire, among other exhibitions. Recycling wool, cotton, silk by unravelling pieces of clothing, namely sweaters, Fielder uses the different Fibres to depict different building structures.

Grunt Gallery will be holding a series of events to mark their 30th anniversary with Fiedler’s exhibition one of the first. An opening event takes place August 28th at the Mainspace Community Gallery with access via Grunt at 116-350 East 2nd Avenue from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fiedler will be hosting an artist talk on August 30 at 1:00 p.m.

To learn more about the Vancouver Tapestry project, watch a video interview with Sola Fiedler here. For more information on what’s brewing for Grunt Gallery’s 30th anniversary year go here.

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