Stuart Shepard, born 1996 in Richmond, Virginia, continues to weave and build a practice in their hometown. Their work grapples with notions of materiality, gender, queerness, power, and history through weaving and other related fiber processes. Shepard has been weaving since 2016 and is particularly interested in the queering of objects, processes, and craft. Weaving is highlighted in much of their work as they ask the question: Is it possible to queer an inherently binary structure such as weaving? With the assistance of scholarships awarded from each school, Shepard has studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Their work has appeared in the 2016 exhibition, Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends at the University of Kentucky, and the 2018 New Waves exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.


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