CW Award Information

Complex Weavers is pleased to present an Award to be given for excellence in complex weaving. We encourage interest in and sharing of information on complex weaving by acknowledging and publicizing excellent work done by talented individuals in areas of complex interlacements. What better way to do this than to present a certificate of merit and a special ribbon at juried shows and exhibits featuring hand-woven items!

The Complex Weavers Award focuses on excellence in weaving a piece that is original in both design and execution, using a threading draft or structure that achieves a complex interlacement of threads and fibers beyond plain weave.  Workshop samples, kits, pieces woven under supervision or taken directly from published works are not eligible for the Award. There is no requirement that the pieces must be woven on a designated number of shafts or on a multi-shaft loom. Please note that at this time we have no provision for an ‘Honorable Mention’ in conjunction with our Complex Weavers Award.

See galleries of Award-winning pieces from 2003 – 2022 here.

The Award winner will receive a one-year membership (new or renewal) in Complex Weavers. Each award also comes with a certificate and a cherished ribbon featuring the Complex Weavers logo and ribbon streamer woven by Complex Weavers members.

In return, CW asks for a description of the piece and a high-resolution jpeg or tiff  photograph that may be used in the Complex Weavers Journal and any future CWJ compilations or composite CW publications, on the website, for publicity, and archived by CW.  It may also be the case that we would ask for an additional short article for the CW Journal.  None of these are requirements for the Award, however.

Any juried show or weaving exhibit may request an Award packet from Complex Weavers with the following information:

  • Contact name and email address
  • Name of show
  • Sponsoring organization
  • Date(s) of show
  • Show frequency (annual, biennial, irregular)
  • Location of show (town, state/province, country)
  • Name of juror(s)
  • Mailing address of a conference official to send the award packet

Once the above information is provided, the conference contact will receive, via email, instructions for the juror and show officials, a letter  and three forms for the award recipient to fill out.  About one month before the show, the conference official will receive a packet containing the ribbon and certificate for the winner. A minimum of 2 months prior to your event is recommended. To request an award or for more information, contact the Complex Weavers Awards Coordinator.