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My very first handmade pendant

ambercoppings : April 1, 2010 12:27 am : Inspirations, Misc., Spotlight

My very first handmade copper pendant jumped over the Heinz Factory

It jumped over the Heinz Factory.

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Inspiration: Elizabethan Collars

ambercoppings : March 22, 2010 3:58 am : Inspirations, Misc., Spotlight, Studio Updates, Uncategorized

amtextiles orange purple silk scarf

Queen Elizabeth in her collar I love voluminous fabrics. That’s part of why I have created the amtextiles line of three-dimensional fabric accessories. One of the most iconic voluminous accessories in the western aesthetic is the Elizabethan collar. Many fashion designers have used it to inspire a collection. Though I am not the first, translating the collar using Japanese shibori fabric dyeing and fabric manipulation techniques is unusual.

You can see the design/texture connection in the two photos above. I do not want the restriction that the traditional collar seems to give and the implied hautiness needed to go. The volume around the face needed to stay and some color added! The dramatic, elegant, yet feminine approach seems to convey the confidence of the modern woman.

I’m still playing around with volume using stitches and geometric shapes. You can see one of the first finished amtextiles in this direction here.

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