Sarah Sokol received her BFA in Interior Design at Pratt Institute and spent three years designing commercial kitchens for clients like Alex Stupak, the Meatball Shop and Andre Balasz. However, inspired by the creativity of the Burning Man Community, Sarah set out to strike a balance between her lifelong love of fashion with her training in design.
Sarah Sokol wearing her Derby Day Horsehair Feather Mohawk. Photographed for the New York Times by Fred R. Conrad and featured in the July 12, 2015 issue.
When Sarah went to Burning Man for the first time, she discovered the limitlessness of the imagination and a desire to create quality headpieces which expressed her inner self as well. Having been further inspired by Anya Caliendo’s work, Sarah went to study under the milliner in her Advanced Couture Millinery course. There, she learned detailed techniques of couture millinery; techniques she practices today in her studio. Taking two dimensional materials and creating a sculptural statement to be worn on top of a human head became the most amazing challenge to Sarah — both structurally and creatively.
Sarah Sokol currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, in the neighborhood where she was born and raised, where she owns and operates Sarah Sokol Millinery, Inc. She is a member of The Milliner’s Guild in NYC and was featured in The New York Times along with them. She has also studied millinery abroad in England under Ani Townsend (Milliner’s Guild, Bristol), from whom she learned to make a variety of new hat styles and work in new materials.
Alicia has had an interest in the arts since her childhood, in the ‘Trash Room’ at the Chicago Children’s Museum is one of the earliest places Alicia was initiated into the practice of art making. Much of the diversity in Alicia’s present artwork is from influences as a child. Born to one African American, and one Jewish parent – exposure to the world, her themes of nature and the cosmos, and other influences can be traced directly back to a wealth of childhood experiences. By 17, she was already in tune with her creative intuition, erecting a magnitude of work stretching beyond kid-friendly debris of the Children’s Museum. She was a participant in Gallery 37 a Youth Arts program for over five years, and was involved in a number of arts and science programs for gifted students. Alicia received her B.A. from Rutgers University for studies in both Anthropology and Fine Arts with a focus on painting. After graduating Alicia relocated to New York City to pursue a career as a professional artist. In her first year out of college Alicia started the business Designs by Alicia P which began with selling her own: hand-painted clothing & paintings but eventually grew to be an entire line of Jewelry designs each one hand made and based on her interests in anthropology, and with a roots in sculptural work.
Over the ten years that Alicia has run her own business, she has honed and perfected her unique style of art using suede leather, found objects, and other mixed media to create jewelry, wall hangings and now large format sculptures. Alicia has participated in a countless number of exhibitions including juried shows in New York and Chicago, as well as an invitational exhibition in London. In 2013 she was recognized by several arts funding organizations, and her work has been featured in major studio films, television programs, print, & digital media outlets.
Currently, Alicia is expanding her signature aesthetic now focusing on combining her creative modalities into one multi-sensory experience in the form of sculpture and installation work. In 2015, Alicia is excited to have been invited to travel to India to participate in the Art Castle International Art Residency. Alicia continues to exhibit her work regularly as well as designing custom work for private clients.
Alicia P’s unique product line is based on the use sustainable materials, primarily goat suede which is imported from India. The Suede is a byproduct of the cultural reverence of Cows in India and a commitment to utilizing the entirety of animals from the food industry. Alicia’s work is further representative of her sustainable values by using a majority of found materials and organic items harvested from beaches and mountain tops around the world. We encourage you to renew your commitment to sustainable products and independent artists & entrepreneurs by buying Designs by Alicia P products.
Customer Service representative, salesperson; merchandise expeditor, artist, painting using multi-medias. Jewelry designing and instruction; clothing designs (also sell my own line of hand painted shirt designs); arts and crafts including sculpture, pottery and glass paint designs, molding with plaster, wax and clay; calligraphy, etc. Assistant clown: worked for seven years as Glitter the Clown, painting faces, making balloon sculptures, performing magic, and organizing children’s games.
My jewelry designs have been featured in magazines. My paintings have been showcased in exhibits in Chicago, featured on the front cover of Rutgers’ Visual Art Program, New Jersey. My jewelry has be worn by celebrities i.e. Phylicia Rashād, Jill Scott, Michele Money and many others. Sold my jewelry designs and artwork in various trade shows, such as Pool Trade Show in Las Vegas and the One of A Kind Show in New York and Chicago. Received achievement awards for canvas paintings, paintings on park benches and furniture. Received business loans: Project Enterprise & Accion USA. Member of the Extensive travel to various countries gathering creative ideas.
Jill Scott & Sheree Fletcher, wearing Alicia P. Ciara in W Magazine, wearing Designs By Alicia P.
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