Biography

Sharon Alderman has been weaving very nearly every day since 1969.  Specializing in fabrics to wear, upholstery and other interior fabrics and color studies woven of cotton sewing thread, she was awarded the Governor's Award in the Arts, Artist Category in January 1995.  In 2006 she was named one of "Utah's 100 Most Honored Artists".

Her work has been shown in competitions and invitational exhibitions all over North America.  In 1993 she was represented in the National Museum of Women's Art in Washington, D.C  Her work is in private, corporate, city, county, state and federal collections.

She was one of the first weavers to apply for the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving when that program was founded by the Handweavers Guild of America.  At the first judging in 1976 she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence; her special, in-depth study was apparel textiles.

That year she began to teach, first locally, and then throughout the United States, Canada and the UK.  She lectures, gives keynote addresses, acts as a juror and leads workshops for guild, art center, colleges and state, regional and national conferences.

Her writing and work have appeared in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Interweave, Textile Artists' Newsletter, and Handwoven.  She designs and weaves the Swatch Collection series for Handwoven.

Her books include Handwoven, Tailormade, A Handweaver's Notebook, and Mastering Weave Structures all published by Interweave Press, Inc.

In addition, she has woven prototypes for a number of engineering firms.  Because of her technical background they find she understands what they are striving for.  While these commissions are often technically very challenging they are among the most interesting work she does.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.