Amber Coppings will be featured in The Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Amber's textile designs will be showcased with her high-quality items that are fashionable, practical and made using eco-friendly practices.
The Opening will be Saturday May 4, 1:00-4:00pm, including a reception with light refreshments. The show runs through June 30, 2013.
Hand- and machine- sewn applique details are art-inspired, geometric and are handcut from pieces of organic cottons, bamboo rayons and cotton jerseys that are hand-dyed with shibori techniques or digitally designed by Amber Coppings in her Lawrenceville studio. This allows for the most artistic expression and enhances the handmade nature of each individual piece. Other items being featured are hand-dyed infinity scarves, lightweight "Suzi" Hoodie Cape Vests and sumptuous handbraided organic cotton belts with vintage buckles.
Amber Coppings Artist Statement:
In 2004, I started making Xmittens to keep warm in my cold studio. I had just graduated from college, survived a terrible car accident and learned how to walk again. I was totally unsure of what to do next, so I concentrated on learning new skills in the realm that has always excited me most: textiles.
I’ve always believed that there needs to be an alternative to today’s “Fast Fashion” apparel industry. As I explored my textile passions, I realized that I could create an alternative textile and apparel business that emphasizes eco-accountability, thoughtful design and material sourcing, creates well-fitting and durable items, and considers the body an exhibition space for functional art-to-wear.
Amber Coppings Designs is the creative alternative to mass market fashion I have always envisioned.
Comfortable fit, creative textile techniques and eco-friendliness are emphasized in all of my business and creative decisions. Each item that I create goes through countless manifestations before being offered for sale. Nothing is included in my apparel lines until I know that the design is durable, attractive and eco-responsible. Fabrics and findings are mainly sourced from U. S companies to reduce the carbon footprint of my business. A majority of the items are made with recycled, or upcycled materials including fabrics I have used in sculptures and art installations! Items are made in my textile studio in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.