Keynote Speaker: Philis Alvic – Women of the Appalachian Weaving Centers

Philis Alvic is an artist, weaver, and writer.  She has exhibited her complex woven wall textiles in over 300 juried and invitational exhibitions.  She has written Weavers of the Southern Highlands (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), Crafts of Armenia (USAID/IESC Armenia, 2003) and over 100 magazine articles.  As a short-term consultant for crafts development and marketing, she has worked on projects in thirteen different countries.  She is a founding member of Complex Weavers, the Kentucky Craft History and Education Association and is the on the Board of Weave A Real Peace.

Ingrid Boesel – a Tribute by Mary-Anne Dalkowski and Bob Keyes

Ingrid Boesel (1943-2018) was a long-time member of Complex Weavers, contributing to the Newsletter, Journal and study groups from 1991 until she stopped weaving 20 years later. From when she first started weaving in 1967, Ingrid was interested in structure and colour. She graduated to her first 8-shaft loom in 1983, then a 16-shaft AVL in 1986, adding the Compu-Dobby a short while later. Then followed a 24-shaft AVL, a 24-shaft Louet Magic dobby and, finally, a Louet Megado with 32 shafts. Ingrid earned her OHS Master Weaver certificate in 1992, after three years of formal classes and an in-depth study into Colour Effects in Tied Weaves. Her weaving pursuits inspired her husband Bob Keates to create Fiberworks PCW software. She continued to explore new techniques, and the features she wanted found their way into successive releases of the PCW software. These included explorations into advancing twills, network drafting, 3D illusions, imagery in tied weaves and four-colour double weave. She also developed an interest in Kumihimo, becoming a member of the CW Study Group and incorporating beads into her braids. Ingrid shared her passion and wealth of knowledge as a weaving teacher and gave workshops throughout North America and in the UK until she was no longer able to weave.

Kay Faulkner – a Tribute by Deb McClintock, Bettes Silver-Schack, and Jette Vandermeiden

One of the two original developers of woven shibori over 20 years ago. She was fascinated by its potential especially when combined with other weave structures. A full-time weaver for over 30 years, she loved the opportunity to pass on her knowledge to students both within Australia and internationally.  Kay was published widely and exhibits extensively. Between 2015 and 2019 she operated a weaving school from her studio in Queensland.



Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park: Downtown Knoxville Hotel

525 Henley St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-2800

Information on making your hotel reservation is available here.


Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is the premier air facility serving East Tennessee. Located just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville, McGhee Tyson Airport is one of the most convenient and accessible regional airports in the nation.


Approximately $35 each way to/from airport

Driving Directions

Take US Hwy 129N toward Knoxville, approximately 12 miles… Exit right to I40 E toward Asheville/Lexington, approximately 1 mile… Take exit 388 for US Hwy 441 S/Henley St. Use the right lane to merge onto US-441 S/Henley St. The Holiday Inn and the Knoxville Convention Center is at the first traffic signal on the right.



Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park is the venue for both Complex Weavers Seminars 2020 and Convergence.  All Seminars and activities including Complexity will be held onsite.

Complex Weavers has negotiated hotel rates and Holiday Inn is providing meeting and event rooms to Seminars free of charge based on the number of rooms we reserve and occupy.

The preferred method for booking your room, especially if you will be staying throughout Convergence* as well, is via this link.


Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park: Downtown Knoxville Hotel

525 Henley St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
1-800-264-1579 use block code CWS

Travel information is available here.

Single/Double Occupancy: $135/night
Parking: $12/night

Rates do not include taxes

CW Seminars Rate Deadline: June 19, 2020

* Complex Weavers Seminars 2020 will be held before Convergence and at the same hotel.  We have a separate reservation code from HGA.  So, if you are attending both events, you will need to make separate reservations. There will be a box to check on your CW reservation to indicate that you intend to stay for Convergence. The Holiday Inn has assured us that they will handle the change in reservations seamlessly for those attending both conferences.  Attendees won’t have to check out and check back in or change rooms.


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You can get in touch with the Seminars team by completing the form below

Seminars 2020


Complex Weavers Seminars 2020 is getting closer!

The Seminar Leaders and topics have been selected!  Details on the who, what, when and where can be found by clicking on the links below.

You can also now make your reservations for Knoxville at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park hotel. See the Accommodation link below as well as other travel information.

Registration details for Seminars 2020 will be announced later in the year.

We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville!

Cathie Chung and Diane Smith
Co-Chairs, Seminars 2020