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Artist Residency Project- Brashear High School

ambercoppings : June 22, 2016 5:04 pm : Spotlight, Teaching

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, Pop des Fleurs.

Students worked with a myriad of materials and processes, including rusting, shibori fabric dyeing, sewing, assemblage, outdoor art installation planning and exhibition and more!

The finished art piece and documentation of our process can be seen at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts thru July 31 in conjunction with the Fiberart International.

Next up on my Resident Artist agenda is a 3.5 month project at POWER, Pittsburgh Organization for Women in Early Recovery! This project has been in the works for 3+ years, so I am extra excited to be starting in late June 2016.


Itajime Shibori dyed by students- Amber Coppings- Brashear Pop des Fleurs- web Fiberarts 1- WrappingObjects- Brashear Pop des Fleurs- web.2Rusting Bundles- Brashear Pop des Fleurs- Rose Clancy and Students- web Student Attaching to Mosaic- Brashear Pop des Fleurs- web Finishing Touches- INstalling- Brashear Pop des Fleurs- web 2.18.16- Brashear Winter Garden- web



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Xmittens Flash Sale!

ambercoppings : February 17, 2016 4:59 pm : Spotlight, Xmittens

Woops! I slid on some ice and broke myself. Literally, I broke my leg. To help pay for some of the accumulating medical bills, I am having an Xmittens FLASH Sale in my Etsy Shop!

Xmittens-Amber Coppings-New School Grey on Man

Use code FLASH2016 to get 30% your entire order through February 22, 2016!

The discount is even good on in stock Xmittens Jackets and Vests which I have never put on sale before! Susan Black Jacket with Red Thread 3

Throughout the sale I will be posting some grab bags of multiple Xmittens items for $20, so check back to stock up.
Thanks for your support!



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Artist Residency Project: Beechwood Elementary School

ambercoppings : May 8, 2015 8:03 pm : Spotlight, Teaching

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 we made in the photos below…

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Artist Residency Projects- Bobtown Elementary School

ambercoppings : May 5, 2015 7:42 pm : Spotlight, Teaching

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 often be the extent of Teaching Artist experiences, I brought in related, cohesive lessons that relate to my own professional artwork.

So, we focused on Motifs, Tessellations/Repeat Designs, Japanese Shibori Fabric Dyeing and Sewing. See some of our process below!

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Fall Class: Layered Shibori

ambercoppings : September 26, 2014 9:32 pm : Classes, Spotlight, Teaching, Xmittens

Indigo Shibori-Amber Coppings Amber Coppings-Xmittens hand-dyed accessories-Handmade Arcade 20I’ll  be teaching Layered Shibori Workshop at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in October. This multi-level class will teach you how NOT to muddy the colors you want to achieve using fabric dyes, shibori techniques and hand-painting. To be honest, this may be the best set of lesson plans I have planned for a shibori class! I’ve taken all the typical questions people ask me about fabric dyeing and tried to answer them through the lessons.

Come join me! (There is already enough enrollment for the class to run)

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