Norma Smayda

Norma SmaydaNorma is a weaver, teacher and exhibitor who learned to weave in Norway, and returned there to teach. She earned an M.F.A. in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts. In 1974 Norma established and continues to run the Saunderstown Weaving School. Her weavings, inspired by Scandinavian influences, as well as the traditional work of Weaver Rose and Bertha Gray Hayes, have been widely exhibited in juried and invitational shows. Norma curated Weaver Rose: Then and Now at the Newport (RI) Art Museum, an exhibition of 16 pieces by Weaver Rose plus his loom and historic drafts. In 2009 she co-authored Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes.

The Summer & Winter Drafts of Weaver Rose (Full)

302, Saturday AM

2016sem302 - woven-2 2016sem302 -draftsSummer & winter is one of the most useful weave structures, whether designing traditional or contemporary textiles. Atwater said that Weaver Rose wove no summer & winter, he “did not know the way of it;” yet there are examples in the University of Rhode Island Textiles Collection, as well as 33 handwritten drafts in my collection. We will look at his historic written drafts, and translate them into profile drafts and to threading drafts in common usage. We will examine his handwoven work and several of his drafts, written on wooden planks and the backs of posters, and see slides of more. We will design a sampler with 14 treadlings, and discuss how to use these, plus profile drafts, in designing contemporary textiles.