Erasmus Apparel founder Sarah Erasmus has been named this year’s outstanding young alumnus by Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic.
Erasmus spent two years studying Digital Graphics Communication at SAIT – the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – and graduated in 2010.
In handing her the award, SAIT said Erasmus had “woven herself right into the fabric” of Yellowknife with her T-shirt emporium celebrating the city’s landmarks and legends.
Erasmus Apparel will reach five years in business this fall, and Erasmus says she has already achieved her dream.
“I would say so, yep. Absolutely. I love T-shirts,” she told Moose FM.
“I wanted to make stuff I created and something different for everyone else to wear, and I think we’re on our way to achieving that. The biggest challenge we have is keeping people wanting more and getting out those new designs.
“We started off doing T-shirts out of my parents’ house in Ndilo, then the garage, now we have a full-on storefront. If I’m ever bored or need to de-stress, I think of a new T-shirt design and there we go.”
Erasmus is one of two people named SAIT’s outstanding young alumni for 2015. The other is Matt Watterworth, a former film and video production student now described as a “young champion of Calgary’s cinematic scene”.
Erasmus, returning the favour, says “you can’t go wrong” studying at SAIT.
“I had taken quite a few design programs and stuff, so I knew how to do a lot of it already,” she said, “but I didn’t know how to properly do it. There were a lot of moments like: ‘OK, that’s an easier way to do it. That’s the proper way to do it.’
“I definitely recommend SAIT to anyone to get into the trades. It’s a great campus, very friendly, smaller classes and an all-around great experience.”