Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition

$20,000 IN PRIZES

EXHIBITION DATES: January 21 – April 16, 2017


Featuring wearable art designed for the human body in all media, including jewelry and accessories.

* To promote the fine art aspect of wearable art media in an international forum

* To encourage the creation of innovative art to wear

* To share vision and exploration of techniques and materials

This exhibition is open to adults 18 years or older. The use of innovative materials and techniques is encouraged. The categories are textiles, jewelry and accessories. Along with traditional fabrics, there have been garments created from pinecones, blown glass, metal, paper, electronics, etc. Each artist can submit up to three items for consideration in any or all of the above categories.

For more information, contact Gabrielle at wecurator@gmail.com.



Joris Debo, Belgium – Creative Director of Materialise, provider of 3D printing software and services in a variety of industries, Managing Director of Revisited, an Antwerp and NY based fashion label focusing on creating minimal, effortless and unique pieces.

Jo Ann C. Stabb, USA – Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Design Department, University of California, Davis; teaching contemporary fashion and wearable design, history of fashion and costume and personal adornment for 34 years, author of published articles on wearable art, juror and curator for numerous exhibitions of wearables, Founding Curator of the Design Collection, UC Davis and exhibiting artist in both national and international exhibitions of wearable art.

Beatrijs Sterk, Germany – Publisher of Textile Forum Blog, former publisher of Textile Forum magazine, initiator of the European Textile Network (ETN), a European association that brings together textile professionals from diverse fields, as well as juror for the 5th International Biennial of Textile Art (Buenos Aires, Brazil, 2009); 8th Kaunas Biennial (2011), Rewind Personal Story in Lithuania and 2015, the 6th European Quilt Art Triennial 2015 (Heidelberg, Germany).

See works from Wearable Expressions 2008

See works from Wearable Expressions 2008


Robert K. Liu – Ornament, USA – PhD was trained as an ethologist but has been writing on personal adornment since 1974 as the co-editor of Ornament Magazine. He is self-trained as a photographer and jeweler and the author of numerous publications, including his latest book, The Photography of Personal Adornment.

Charles Lewton-Brain, Canada – Distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, teacher, author, former President of the Canadian Crafts Federation, a founder of the Ganoksin project on the web, recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s most important arts award.

Anneta Valious, France & Russia – Jewelry designer, finalist and winner of the international competition Bead Dreams (Milwaukee, USA, 2010-2015) winner of the jewelry contest Beading Design (Russia, 2012) author of books on the art of soutache embroidery; Soutache Embroidery, Russia 2012, Soutache, USA – 2013, Beading All-Stars, USA, 2014, professor of classes on creating soutache jewelry.



Notification of acceptance: November 15, 2016

Shipped Work Must Arrive by December 15, 2016

Hand-Delivered Work: December 20, by appointment with the curator

Exhibition Dates: January 21 – April 16, 2017

Reception: January 21, Time TBD

Awards Ceremony: January 21, Time TBD

Off the Wall and On the Runway – April 22, 2017, venue to be announced

In Person Pick Up of Work: April 24, 2017

Return Shipping: April 24 – May 3, 2017



First Prize Fiber, $3,000

First Prize Jewelry, $3,000

First Prize Accessories, $3,000

Second Prize Fiber, $1,200

Second Prize Jewelry, $1,200

Second Prize Accessories, $1,200

Third Prize Fiber, $500

Third Prize Jewelry, $500

Third Prize Accessories, $500

Unique Use of Materials, Fiber, $700

Unique Use of Materials, Jewelry, $700

Unique Use of Materials, Accessories, $700

Popular Choice Award: $1,500

Circle Award: $800

Associates Award: $800

Art Patrons Award: $800