Artist creates incredible Vancouver tapestry using recycled sweaters

Sola Fiedler Vancouver Tapestry

A 78-year-old artist spent 5,000 hours over five years weaving an incredible tapestry depicting an aerial view of Vancouver.

Vancouver resident Sola Fiedler says she imagines herself “in a helicopter or as an eagle” flying over the city to get the feel of what the landscape should look like in her creation.

Fiedler began in May 2009, and now her hard work is ready to be displayed for her fellow Vancouverites to admire.

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Image by: Sola Fiedler

The Vancouver Tapestry will make its debut at Grunt Gallery’s 30th Anniversary Party on Thursday, August 28, 2014. It will then be on display from Friday, August 29 to Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Mainspace Community Gallery.

Ultimately, Fiedler says she’d love to have the tapestry displayed permanently where everyone can see it, and she is seeking a buyer who would be willing to do so.

Measuring 11.6’ x 5.3’, the tapestry uses yarn from recycled sweaters. Fiedler is known for making detailed tapestries of cities, most notably those that have hosted the Olympics, including Sydney, Australia, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Image: Sola Fiedler

Feature Image: Sola Fiedler

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail:

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