salt lake city textiles designer aporta

I am having the best week being introduced to talented people in Salt Lake City. First it was the guys from Luno Wear watches. And now I’ve connected with Noelle Sharp, owner/designer of APORTA and, frankly, I don’t think my heart can handle this much obsession.

Noelle recently moved to Chicago to SLC (lucky us!) and brought APORTA, her hand-manufactured textiles and accessories company, with her. She grew up in a family of makers, with her mother teaching her to knit at a young age and her father sewing his own rock climbing and camping bags. So it was a fairly natural move for her to pursue her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on Fiber Materials.

As more and more friends, family, and strangers asked about her knit accessories, she decided to launch APORTA. From there, she started experimenting with woven goods by introducing woven scarves to her line, which is when her company started taking off. Her combination of simple palettes and geometric designs are absolutely striking. Obviously I couldn’t stop scrolling through her Tumblr – her style speaks to my minimalist heart.

Salt Lake City designer Noelle Sharp

salt lake city textiles designer

As if learning about this talented designer and her beautiful accessory line wasn’t enough, she’s also hosting a frame loom weaving workshop at Publik Coffee on June 20th. She will literally teach you how to create a beautiful piece of art like this for yourself!

This workshop will focus on different weaving techniques that can be used for any type of object or product. And at the end of the workshop, you’ll have a beautiful handmade woven textile that can be taken off the frame loom and attached to a wooden dowel to hang on your wall.

APORTA textiles and accessories

The workshop is $80 per person, which takes care of all the materials you need, including a personal wooden frame loom, yarn, weaving tools and an instructional handout which each attendee takes home with them so they can continue to develop their skill. The workshop has 10 spaces available, which allows Noelle to make sure everyone gets personal attention while learning to weave. And from what she described, these workshops are more than just learning a new craft.

I love the workshops because people go into thinking they are going to just learn how to weave but they end up finding a community of people who have similar interests. Friendships are formed, new projects are born and knowledge is shared. – Noelle


I will not be able to make it to this workshop. Which is heartbreaking, because I need a woven wall hanging in my life. But you should go, grab a coffee, learn to weave, and then tell me all about it so I can live vicariously through you. Sign up on her website before it’s full!


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