About Complexity

Complexity is a biennial juried international exhibition. It features works by Complex Weavers’ members which employ complex weave structures.

Complex weaving is defined by the cloth produced and the mind it took to create it, not by the equipment used.

There is no requirement that the work be woven on a minimum number of shafts or on a Jacquard loom. The shed must be opened by the weaver, with or without electronic lift assist. The shuttle must be thrown manually or by weaver-manipulated fly shuttle. Works with historic inspiration and interpretation, as well as non-loom interlacements such as ply-split braiding, kumihimo, and tablet weaving are welcome.


Our jurors in 2020 were Louise French, Lillian Whipple, and Louise Lemieux Bérubé.

Louise French has had a lifelong interest in fibers and fabric which finds expression in weaving, sewing, clothing design, and ply-split braiding. A weaver for more than 40 years, she has earned the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from the Handweavers Guild of America. Louise has been an examiner for the COE as well. She has taught both weaving and ply-split braiding throughout the United States and is committed to sharing the arts of weaving and braiding. Mentoring both new students and guiding other teachers has been a passion. She has had articles on both weaving and ply-split braiding published in Handwoven magazine, and freely shares her teaching materials. Textiles of her designs and meticulous execution are award winning and in steady demand. She is continually intrigued by the interplay of color and structure and the many ways these components can push the boundaries of fiber art.

Lillian Whipple has been weaving since 1971. She is an HGA Master Weaver. Her special interest is fine silk at high setts in complex structures for use in clothing, small art pieces, and note cards. Her work has been exhibited in national exhibitions and fashion shows for many years. Lillian continues to chair the Fine Threads Study Group for Complex Weavers.

Louise Lemieux Bérubé received a bachelor degree at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and she studied Jacquard weaving at Rhode Island School of Design. Her woven Jacquards have received numerous honors and have been exhibited and sold in Canada and in many countries. Her work has been represented in major public collections. Louise co-founded the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, where she has taught students from everywhere and, as a lecturer or exhibitor of her work, she has travelled around the world. She is the author of Le tissage créateur, a comprehensive textbook on weaving, and the co-author, with Carole Greene, of Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Un-winding the Threads published in 2012.

The Complexity 2020 Team

Complexity 2020 has been brought to you by a team of volunteers chaired by Bettes Silver-Schack. Although our original intention to hold a physical exhibit in Knoxville, Tennessee could not be accomplished, we are grateful for all the work that went into the planning and preparation. We are very pleased to be able to bring you our first online exhibition.

  • Bettes Silver-Schack, Chair
  • Susan Bowman
  • Jette Vandermeiden
  • Toni Ammons
  • Suzi Gough
  • Cathie Chung
  • Diane Smith
  • Ruth MacGregor
  • Cally Booker

Complex Weavers

Complex Weavers is an all-volunteer organisation dedicated to expanding the boundaries of handweaving. We encourage weavers to develop their own creative styles, to inspire through research, documentation, and the sharing of innovative ideas. We challenge our skills and imagination by sharing information and innovations with our fellow weavers – both directly and through our study groups, Seminars, Journal, and biennial exhibition, Complexity.

Support Complexity

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Previous Exhibits

View the work from previous exhibits on the Complex Weavers website.