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Collage Surface Design Class on August 23!

ambercoppings : July 31, 2014 10:39 am : Spotlight, Teaching


Detail of a collage made with photos and ephemera inspired by my father.

dad collage high res in repeat

Detail from left made into a box repeat appropriate for decorative papers and digital textile printing!

Learn how to create your own collages based in memory and art elements. Then, we’ll explore how to make these collages into repeat that can be printed onto artisan papers, gift wrap and textiles! Everyone will leave with one or more finished collages, plus files to upload to print on demand websites such as Spoonflower. We will go through the process of uploading your files to class. Please bring a USB to class in order to take your files home for later use!

Get 20% off this class when you use code TSD. PCAF Registration Form 2014 with coupon code-1

Use the link above to download a mailable Registration Form. To receive your discount you MUST mail in the form.

Hope to see you in class!

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Loss & …

ambercoppings : February 5, 2014 6:05 pm : My Story, Spotlight, Studio Updates, Uncategorized

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 me and my brother.

She is an inspiration to me and I have appreciated every single moment I have had with her. I will carry her with me wherever I go.

It’s only been two years since my father died and sometimes it can be so strange to realize they are both gone.

Obviously, I need some time to re-group.

So, Amber Coppings Designs: Xmittens studios is taking some time off this winter.

When I have awesome friends helping me ship, then Xmittens will  be available on Etsy.  You can also find Amber Coppings Designs: Xmittens in boutiques around the world.

Follow this link to the Xmittens on Etsy Shop.  Xmittens online purchases are limited to in stock merchandise.

Orders will ship 1-2 times per week.

Rather shop in person? A stockist list is available here.

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Featured Artist: Two Crow Studio

ambercoppings : December 5, 2013 7:21 am : Featured Artists, Featured Items, Spotlight, Studio Updates, Xmittens

amy mangis mugs amy magis two crow studio 2 Do you have a favorite mug? You know, the one that you cup in your hands while staring out the window at the snow falling. Or, the one that is the go-to mug for that day when your not feeling so great and you just NEED some extra comfort?

I definitely have a favorite mug and it was made by Two Crow Studio‘s potter, Amy Mangis.  She has a wonderful understanding of mod/retro colors that, in her hands, turn out with a contemporary twist. LOVE it!

So, when I opened my Studio Pop-Up Shop in November, I knew that Amy’s work had to be represented. Through the holidays, you can find a wonderful collection of her mugs, plus berry bowls, serving platters, salt and pepper shakers and more! Stop by the Studio Pop-Up Shop any weekend before Xmas from 12pm-4pm, including December 7-8 during the Lawrenceville Cookie Tour!

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New Xmittens Gift Wrapping!

ambercoppings : December 1, 2013 5:56 pm : Featured Items, Spotlight, Xmittens


Xmittens Furushiki Gift Wrap 1Beautiful, simple and eco-friendly gift wrap for every Xmittens gift! Take it easy this year and let me wrap all your Xmittens gifts and gift sets in handmade fabric gift wrap using furushiki techniques.

Furushiki are traditional Japanese methods of wrapping gifts and objects in special cloths. For Xmittens furushiki, I have added a wonderful upcycled circle pin created by artisan, Sevenply! Each pin is created from the wood of an old skateboard deck and is one of a kind.

Xmittens Furushiki Gift Wrap 4Each furushiki cloth was created using home decor samples saved from the landfill (Thanks Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse!) and awesome pins. Most fabrics have a large floral, or abstract print and each pin has a wonderful graphic design.

This method will not work for larger items…purchase the Xmittens Reusable Gift Bag for larger items and to hold gift sets of multiple items.
Reusable bags are sewn from Organic Cotton jersey and are the perfect size for errands and grocery trips. Jocelyn Forest Green Jacket Black Xmittens Black Bag

Order them both together make a great gift set of Furushiki wrapped Xmittens and reueable gift bag- right on! Find both methods as separate listings in my Etsy shop here. Or, stop by my Studio Pop-Up Shop during open hours.

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Note from a Customer

ambercoppings : November 30, 2013 1:20 pm : Featured Customers, Spotlight, Xmittens

Recently, I received this wonderful note from a customer of mine and wanted to share….

Cherl's first pair of Xmittens were similar to these ( I remember!!)

Cheryl’s first pair of Xmittens were similar to these ( I remember!!)

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 me as a present. When I opened the gift, I fell in love with them! They were sooo soft and warm!

Unfortunately for me (but luckily overall!) I lost one of gloves. Fearing that we’d never see these type of gloves again, I purchased another set of (inferior) gloves. These barely lasted the rest of the winter.

The next holiday season, there she was again! And she had improved upon her design! Well, we couldn’t resist. Every holiday season someone has bought me a pair of Xmitten gloves or hats. The last pair I bought, short black gloves with dyed material stitched into them, get me a lot of compliments. (I haven’t lost this set yet!)

-Thanks, Cheryl, for this awesome testimonial about Xmittens! I look forward to seeing both you and Steve each year!

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