Welcome to the Noctiluna site!
I am Chitra Sharma, designer, screenprinter, teacher, and mom.
A little bit about me: I grew up in London, England and kicked off my art education by doing my Art Foundation studies at Central St Martins School of Art and Design. Following on from this, I gained a BA(hons) in textile design (specialising in printing) from Winchester School of Art, and went on to work as a freelance textile designer, fashion stylist, art editor and muralist respectively (because, apparently, variety is the spice of life). In 2003 I trained to be an art educator at The University of London and loved every minute of it. After moving to the USA in 2004, I worked as a Visual Art educator at The Washington International School at the middle and high school level.
Now I’m the mom of two kids and I run my own company. I’m still based in the DC metro area, but I still drink tea and eat Marmite.
Here is what I do at Noctiluna:
- I design and screen print a range of products for kids that I sell locally (see below) and in my online shop.
- I conduct Visual Arts summer camps in the Vienna VA area. This program also includes internships for high school students.
- I continue my own personal art practice in acrylic painting, printmaking, drawing, and fibre arts.
My main objective is to continue to create and, through this, spur others to do the same. I hope very much that my passion for the Arts has a positive and lasting effect on those with whom I interact with through my teaching and work. Noctiluna also aims to be an earth friendly business. I reuse and repurpose materials wherever possible, and print using organic cloth and products from eco-friendly companies such as Colored Organics and Bella and Canvas. I am constantly looking for ways to make the company more green.
You can buy Noctiluna products at:
Gift and Gather 307 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125
Navy Yards Store: 301 Tingey St SE DC
Ballston Quarter Store: 4238 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203
Analog 716 Monroe St, NE, Studio 5, Washington, DC