Alumna’s Woven Artworks Take Full Advantage of SAIC Education
Time Out Chicago featured Noelle Sharp (BFA 2012) and her intricate textile accessories line Aporta in the Shopping section of its December 13–19 edition. After enrolling in SAIC to study art, writer Jessica Herman states Sharp “spent most of her time in the fiber-art department, focusing primarily on conceptual woven work and the relationship between fiber and sound… Sharp also developed an appreciation for the value of handmade, high-quality goods, thanks in large part to a sustainability class in the fashion department: Challenged to replicate a store-bought garment, Sharp copied a woven Anthropologie skirt. If she paid herself minimum wage, she notes, it would have cost $800 to produce.” While in school, Sharp founded Aporta, a collection of woven vintage fur winter accessories that quickly gained popularity. “The demand has been so steady since then that knitting and weaving on two looms at her home studio has become her full-time gig,” says Herman. Sharp’s designs can be purchased on the collection’s website and at Chicago boutique Milk Handmade.