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Sola Fiedler is a tapestry artist from Vancouver who has recently gained a lot of attention for her latest work featuring her home town.

Sola Fieder - Working

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.

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver

“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.”

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver (detail)

I’m constantly amazed by tapestry weavers (and have a massive crush on Erin Riley). Sola’s work blows me away with it’s complexity and size.

Sola Fiedler - Salt Lake City - Tapestry

If the picture above was a painting, it would be impressive enough, but the fact that it’s woven is stunning. The time, the dedication and the ingenuity in creating pieces of work like this are astonishing.

Sola Fiedler - Sydney

I love that Sola started out by unravelling jumpers to get the materials for her work. It’s a great reminder that this kind of art is accessible for all of us (breadth of creative vision notwithstanding) and it adds another layer of charming to this extremely evocative work.

Sola Fiedler - Working (detail)

Sola has made a video about her work, and it’s wonderful to hear her talk about the work and to enjoy the process. You can find out more about Sola at her website and on her Facebook page.

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

Hello beloved readers, how are you? In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six cross stitchers that we’ve featured in the past that deserve another airing. Yes, that’s right, cross stitch. It’s the simplest of stitches, but these guys prove that it’s a remarkable tool for artistic expression – enjoy!

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Noelle Mason

Noelle Mason

Andoni Maillard - Fire

Andoni Maillard

Pete Fowler - Synth Galleon - Cross Stitch

Pete Fowler

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 2 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

Alicia Ross

Evelin Kasikov

Evelin Kasikov

Diane Meyer - Mauer Park - cross stitch on photograph

Diane Meyer

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

Hello beloved readers, how are you? I’m off on holiday in Sicily at the moment, so I’m making life easy for myself by sharing some older Edge posts that you might have missed. In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six superb hand embroiderers for your viewing pleasure. Click on the image to visit the original post!

Almas Pieters - Stolen Beauties

Almas Pieters

Maria Pineres

Maria Pineres

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

Luisa Zilio

Cayce Zavaglia - Teo (detail) - Hand Embroidery

Cayce Zavaglia

Stephanie Clark - Droppo Dwellings (detail) - Hand Embroidery on Canvas

Stephanie Clark

MaricorMaricar - Blondie - Hand Embroidery

MaricorMaricar

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

Caren Garfen is an embroidery artist from London.

Caren Garfen - Guilt Biscuits - 2014

Guilt Biscuits – Cookies have been hand stitched with silk threads. Biscuits are one of our ‘treats’ but at the same time we feel guilty about eating them, especially after going past two or three! One would think twice about nibbling into a biscuit with thread stitched into it especially after reading the message it holds.

“For fifteen years up until 2007 I worked as a craftsperson hand stitching top-of-the-range, miniature, and traditional samplers for dolls’ houses. My work was sold, by my agent and myself, all over the USA, in Japan, Europe and Great Britain, to adult collectors. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a First Class (Hons) degree in the Applied Arts, and I now work as an artist.

 

Caren Garfen - Clock, 'Weight a Minute' - 2014

Weight a Minute – This artwork has been created using real weighing scales but has been adapted using silkscreen printed imagery and hand stitched motifs onto cotton. The dial is now in the form of a clock used to represent the time that diets tend to fail, ten past four in the afternoon, when all good resolutions tend to fail….

“I am currently creating an art installation dealing with women and dieting for The Knitting & Stitching Show which takes place this Autumn. I will be incorporating works that have been made over the last three to four years and creating new pieces, bringing everything together in the shape of a kitchen. I have hand drawn and silkscreen printed all of the cupboards, washing machine, sink, oven, tiles, etc. which, as well as forming a backdrop for the installation, will become an integral part of this life-size artwork.

It's only a question of balance, Caren Garfen, K&S

“It will not be possible to open the cupboards or eat anything in this kitchen as, according to research, food is dangerous.  One week we can eat dairy, the next we cannot.  Carbohydrates are fine, or carbohydrates are harmful.  Sugar is deleterious to your teeth and your health, and sweeteners are full of chemicals. We should now eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables rather than five! We treat ourselves with ‘good’ foods and feel guilty about ‘bad’ foods… Enter this kitchen at your peril!”

A pick-me-up, Caren Garfen, K&S

Caren’s work is astonishing. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and it’s minute and perfect. Caren’s years of stitching for tiny textile things for dolls houses have given her command over the microstitch and she uses it to terrific effect.

Oven Love, Caren Garfen, K&S

At first glance you’ll assume the work is machine stitched, such is the size and delicacy of the stitch, but it’s all done by hand. Contained within the work is a quiet wit that brings the pieces to life and draws you in. It’s magic.

Tea Time, Caren Garfen, K&S

Find out more at Caren’s very cool site.

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

 

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