Meet Our Apprentices
Noah Jōseph Ortiz was born and raised in the big city, New York. Noah resonates from the South Bronx and Harlem. He graduated Xavier High School and went on to study Computer and Electrical Engineering at the NYIT Manhattan campus. During this time, Noah had begun sketching designs his freshman year of college. Noah then self taught himself photography and videography. Noah dove into his visual arts curating photo and video shoots for practice. Through SoHarlem, he was able to learn about designing in a much more structured manner and build his own brand called Jōseph by Noah Jōseph.
Noah emulates a new take on modern cultural style in his first up and coming designer brand , Jōseph. Jōseph bridges street wear and professional sociable wear, with a fresh modernist style to please anyone who lives to be comfortable and flashy. Noah believes there are a few things that should always come first when it comes to constructing clothing such as comfortability, presentation, and the uncommon factor. With Noah’s passion and creativity, we see Jōseph being the start of a fresh, successful lifestyle that deserves to be appreciated by everyone.
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Deirdre Washington was born in Harlem where she attended A. Phillip Randolph High School and actively participated in Track and Field and during high school was a Library Page at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
She graduated from Clark University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education. After graduating she embarked on a teaching career. She taught middle and elementary school students for 15 years. As a teacher she developed and presented inclusive, multidisciplinary lessons designed to bring out their creativity. While working as an arts teacher, she promoted monthly student exhibitions, coordinated annual performances for K-8th graders and established the school’s Art Club.
Deirdre returned to New York City and committed herself to her artistic journey. She developed the “Faces of Folk” series, depicting people who look somewhat similar but are actually very different. She created her first collection of handmade tote bags based on her original canvas works. These versatile bags, constructed with red interiors and handles and designed to carry books and an ipad, are dedicated to her mother who lost her battle with HIV/AIDS in 1990.
As an apprentice at SoHarlem, Deirdre assists designers, artisans and the CEO with production, sales and display. She is also learning the craft of designing, working with textiles and gaining skills in operating a social enterprise.
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