Weav­ing Stroud’s his­toric fab­ric

Cotswold Life - - INSIDER’S GUIDE -

THE Stroud­wa­ter Re­de­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship com­mis­sioned lo­cal il­lus­tra­tor and Cotswold Life writer Tracy Spiers to pro­duce a 9ft by 7ft mu­ral, ‘In­ter­wo­ven’, for in­stal­la­tion at Kitsch Café at Cen­tral Square, Eb­ley Wharf.

“Restora­tion of the Stroud­wa­ter Canal has opened up a nat­u­ral door­way to our won­der­ful her­itage,” says Tracy. “When I run or cy­cle along its path­ways, I be­come part of Stroud’s his­toric fab­ric. I imag­ine the roar of wa­ter­wheels and deaf­en­ing sounds of looms pro­cess­ing Stroud Scar­let and Uley Blue cloth, once seen from miles around dry­ing out on ten­ter­hooks in sur­round­ing fields.

“The com­bi­na­tion of vi­sion, in­vest­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and time has re­sulted in this im­pres­sive re­de­vel­op­ment of Eb­ley. It has brought health, wealth and well-be­ing to the whole com­mu­nity and we are all the richer, in non-mon­e­tary terms, be­cause of it. ‘In­ter­wo­ven’, I hope, cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of colour, vi­brancy, her­itage and life we are so priv­i­leged to en­joy.”

‘In­ter­wo­ven’ was cre­ated in Stroud, printed in Nailsworth and fit­ted by Eb­ley-based glaz­ing spe­cial­ists.

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