Complexity

Complex Weavers is proud to present Complexity 2022: Innovations in Weaving, its sixth biennial juried member exhibit. Complexity 2022 will be presented July 1 – 29, 2022, at The Emporium Arts Center, in Knoxville, TN. In addition, because of the success of the online presentation of Complexity 2020, the 2022 show will also be available for viewing in a virtual gallery, July 1 – August 31, 2022.

Entry Information

Complex Weavers is eager to welcome entries for Complexity 2022. Online submission will begin Nov. 1, 2021, through a service to be announced. Entry deadline is Feb. 15, 2022. Work must have been completed after March 15, 2020.

For more details please review the Complexity 2022 Prospectus.

If you have additional questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Still unsure? Contact the Complexity 2022 chair.

Jurors

Jurors for Complexity 2022 are Julie Hedges, Robyn Spady, and Betty Vera.

Julie Hedges is a textile design graduate and experienced weaver, braid maker and teacher who worked in the Textiles Department at the Surrey Institute, Farnham, UK, until 2000. Since 1991, she has been researching the Indian technique of Ply-Split Braiding and has been developing it to make wearable and sculptural pieces in a variety of yarn. Julie has taught workshops in Ply-Splitting internationally and at Braiding Conferences in Manchester, Eng., in 2012, Seattle, U.S., in 2016 and Iga, Japan, in 2019. She has exhibited and sold her work in the UK, Europe & U.S. and also works to commission. Julie published Ply-Split Braiding, an Introduction in 2006, Ply-Split Braiding, Further Techniques in 2011, Ply-Splitting in 3 Dimensions in 2013 and Ply-Split Braided Jewelry in 2016. She is a founder member of The Braid Society, serving as chair, commissioning editor and technical editor for its journal Strands.

Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as a baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her great-grandmother.  Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for more than 50 years.  She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (COE-W) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques.  Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.

Betty Vera creates tapestries with complex weave structures and rich color interactions. She received her BFA degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and brings a painterly approach to her handweaving with painted warps and surface design. Studying woven design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she became fascinated by the way color behaves in weaving. She continued to study weaving while working as an editor of art and craft books at Watson-Guptill Publications and then became a weaver at Michelle Lester’s tapestry studio. She credits this experience with expanding her appreciation of artistry in weaving. Later, while pursuing an MFA degree in studio art at Montclair State University, she began exploring Jacquard weaving and then studied it at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. This was followed by training at the Jacquard Center in North Carolina, where she produced Jacquard tapestries at The Oriole Mill.  She has taught fiber art at Montclair State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as numerous intensive workshops around the country. She currently provides weaving instruction at The Studios at MASS MoCA, an artist residency program of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. She exhibits widely and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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Previous Exhibits

View the work from previous exhibits in our Complexity galleries.