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Arts Advocacy 2017

Every day that I work as a Teaching Artist is another day that I see the positive changes that art can bring to students, teachers, schools, and communities. Whether it’s with 5 year olds learning about spiders and the various environments that they can live in; or 7th graders learning how to use mandala art more »

Avonworth Primary Center Artist Residency Project

In the Summer of 2016, I was asked to be a part of Studio A which was an endeavor organized by Avonworth School District. At Studio A, in-school educators, teaching artists and practitioners of design-based thinking, came together to learn how to incorporate the arts and design into curriculum topics for K-12 learners. I decided more »

emPOWERment project Artist-in-Residence

In 2016, I was lucky enough to be the Artist-in-Residence at POWER, the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery.  It was a project that I had been thinking about since 2012 after a meeting about the POWER Collection, a collection of artworks inspired by POWER, created by local artists, and sold to raise funds more »

Artist Residency Project- Brashear High School

I am so grateful that I had the chance to be a Residency Artist with Brashear High School’s Fiber Art students! This project was a collaboration between myself and fellow artist Rose Clancy. We worked with high school students at Brashear High School, art teacher Jennie Canning and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh’s outreach endeavor, more »

Artist Residency Project: Beechwood Elementary School

Fourth graders are Beechwood Elementary rock! I was fortunate to work with these students in May 2015. Each student was assigned a State of the Union to research. We used the symbols of each state to create a motif that each student used many times over: in ipads drawings, tessellations, stamps and drawings! See what more »

Artist Residency Projects- Bobtown Elementary School

I’ve been a Teaching Artist for over 14 years…in schools, community organizations, after school programs, museums… In the late fall of 2015 I was a Teaching Artist at Bobtown Elementary School. I was able to intensely work with the students in the 11 days we worked together. Instead of bringing in one-off activities that can more »

Loss & …

My lovely, sweet, kind and thoughtful mother passed away in January after a long, sad journey with cancer. Said journey was also filled with her humor, her love, her wonderful vegetarian recipes, her intelligent advice, her love of history and forensic science nonfiction books and with her being a very good friend and mom to more »

Note from a Customer

Recently, I received this wonderful note from a customer of mine and wanted to share…. My husband and I have been purchasing Xmittens for at least seven years. We found Amber’s mittens at a craft-fair during the holiday season and Steve loved how they felt and how unique they looked. So, he purchased them for more »

Collections

  I am a big collector. When I was little, I collected old people and baby animals. (So did my mom and brother…we usually had a very full house). I also really enjoyed the Poodle figurines that supposedly would change colors depending on what kind of weather would be occurring. (Does anyone else remember those?) more »

Xmittens Studio Update

“Much of the pain in life comes from having a life plan that you’ve fallen in love with, but that doesn’t work out. Having to find a new life plan hurts. The trick is not to become too attached to any particular life plan and remember that there is always a better, even-happier life plan more »