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It's been my biggest project to date, but after 200 hours of research, drawing, designing and completing the final artwork, my 9ft by 7ft illustration, commissioned by Stroudwater Redevelopment Partnership,  is now up for all to see at Ebley Wharf. I called it Interwoven, because it not pays tribute to Stroud's woollen heritage and the cloth once made here - Uley Blue, Scarlet Red - and the cloth still created today for billiard tables and tennis balls; but it represents the weaving together of the past and the present. Having worked in Ebley Mill as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, running a tiny studio there for seven years and years prior to this covering council meetings as a cub reporter for the local newspaper, this place means a lot. Today as a mother of five, I run or cycle along the canal path to maintain my sanity and fitness levels! It is a beautiful place to explore and one can almost imagine the loud thunder of looms and the roar of waterwheels when running past. Stroud has made me who I am and therefore I am part of the fabric of this place. It has been a privilege to do this piece of work and I hope others will stop and appreciate this area of Stroud which has been restored into an amazing oasis. 

 

 

 

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