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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 »

Works in Progress- March 2013

My new studio is glorious. The natural light is amazing. It has been really inspiring to have a place to give my creativity free reign. And what my creativity decided to do with itself in this new space is to go back to some of my sewing roots…applique. As I was packing to move my more »

Living Arrows Designs

Every year I pick a theme…usually it is something I want to work on inside myself, or meditate upon.   After much soul searching the phrase “Creative Arrow” came to mind.  I want to be a person that, for myself and others, creates a focused path to and with creativity.  With that in mind, I more »

Compost Fabric Dyeing Gallery 1

We’ve taken a break from our compost dyeing experiments for winter.  However, so many of the fabrics are so cool I wanted to make sure to post some images.  We will be picking up again at the GardenLab@510 in spring 2013!  

Personal Project: Compost Dyeing Week One

What an incredible first saturday at the Garden Lab @510!    Throughout the morning we soaked our fabrics in a vinegar and water soak (we used 1 cup vinegar to 1 cup rain water) as we upacked all of our goodies.  Rose and I found out that we are kindred spirits…we both love rusty doodads, weird more »

Personal Project: Compost Dyeing

I am very excited to announce that I have been offered an opportunity to experiment with compost dyeing in the Garden Lab of the Mattress Factory museum!  Rose Clancy (the installation artist who has been cultivating the Garden Lab since 2010) and I will be experimenting with “bundle dyeing” which is depicted below.  There are more »

Eco-friendly Report Card

Did you know that 6,333,000 tons of clothing and footwear get thrown away every year in the U.S (http://www.planetthoughts.org/?pg=pt/Whole&qid=1944,)?!   Much of what gets thrown away is made poorly and with an intended short lifespan. Or, consumers change styles and people are not sure what to do with the items they don’t want to wear anymore. more »

New Hand-dyed Colorway

Do you remember getting your crayons and a piece of paper and literally covering the paper with all sorts of colors then putting black crayon all over top?  Then, you could scrape the black wax off of the top and reveal interesting line of multicolored crayon underneath.  These kinds of drawings (which was a favorite more »

Behind the Scenes

I love photo shoots!  they are time consuming and I always forget something important, but I do love all of the wonderful people who work with me to help make my creative business flourish.  Here are some great behind the scenes photos from the latest photo shoot in April 2012.  Thanks to Jenn and Betsy more »

Hand-dyed Fabrics for 2012

  Sneak peek into what is coming up for Amber Coppings Designs for 2012!  These photos show samples of organic cotton jersey fabric that I have been hand-dyeing using low impact fiber reactive fabric dyes.  The colors are vivid and rich…so exciting!  More to come on what the new accessories and clothing designs will be! more »