New creative hub and cafe – Weven – opens in Stroud

A NEW creative hub has opened in the centre of Stroud.

‘Devoted to the handmade’, Weven is located opposite the Sub Rooms, in the former Meme cafe building.

As well as selling beautiful and unusual handmade items, the venue offers a space where people can come together to learn and create; as well as a providing a showcase and celebration of traditional country and folk crafts.

Delicious food and drinks are available too, from in-house cafe Meta and Japanese Kitchen Tomari-Gi.

Crafts and folk enthusiast Rhia Davenport came up with the idea for Weven, as a way of combining her twin passions in a collaborative space.

Friend and artist Mila Harris-Mussi shared Rhia’s vision and the pair worked together to make it a reality.

Mila collaborates on many of the in-house products, naturally hand dyeing materials and presenting her own textile work through the shop.

Weven’s programme includes a summer craft club for kids, clog making demonstrations, puppet shows, wheat weaving and basketry.

To celebrate the launch and collaboration of Weven, Weven and Tomari-Gi, a festival of events orbiting around the venue’s introductory exhibition ‘Estival’ will be taking place from June 19 to July 4.

It will feature work from a group of selected artists, sharing their response to the way in which life has begun and been halted over the last year.

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