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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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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.

Want to hear about my visions of where my creativity will take me in the future? Sign up for my email list using the sign up form on the right hand side of this web page.

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