Weaving Stroud’s historic fabric
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.