NEWS 2017 Special Exhibit

A Passion for Weaving: Three Rhode Island Weavers

Presented by Weavers Guild of Rhode Island

Master Weaver and teacher Jan Doyle’s fiber works have appeared in museums and fashion shows throughout the US, Canada, and the UK, including the Newport, RI, Art Museum and the Flaten Art Museum of Minnesota.  Her hand woven pieces feature contemporary takes on historic techniques. Each thread is hand painted with fiber reactive dyes, creating color change across the weft as well as the length of the warps, then woven in both the Finnväv and Norwegian Doubleweave pick-up techniques.  “Most of my working is a kind of reverse archaeology; burying and then pulling up ancient motifs from between layers of double woven cloth. The zipper canvases present a deeper uncovering and peek at the ancient designs.”

Master Weaver Antonia (Tony) Kormos became a computer enthusiast when the first Apple became available. Tony immediately envisioned the possible applications to weaving design.  Tony currently designs with the Fiberworks Silver drafting program and weaves with a Louet 32-shaft computer controlled dobby and a MAC OS.  Tony’s weaving is notable for its excellence, intricacy and use of color. Tony credits her passion for color and her “ability to visualize in bits of color” to having played with “colorful bits of tissue paper” in her grandfather’s paper mill.  Her love of lace and intricacy stems from hours spent learning to knit, embroider and crochet with both her grandmother and mother.

Master Weaver, teacher and author Norma Smayda learned to weave in Norway. Scandinavian design, colors and weave structures are an important focus of her work. Other special interests include William Henry Harrison Rose and Bertha Gray Hayes.  More recently Norma has immersed herself in weaving with fan reeds and in creating and exhibiting her exciting ondulé textiles.  Norma coauthored Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes in 2009, and Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed with a projected release in 2017.  Norma received the NEWS Weaver of Distinction Award in 2007.  She is Past President of the Handweavers Guild of America.