Xmittens are fingerless gloves that are totally green! Xmittens are designed and made in the U.S, including the fabric, thread and labels, made with vegan polyester fleece fabric with recycled polyester content and all fabric scraps are incorporated into other projects.
About the designer, Amber Coppings:
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
How did you get started?
I have always loved to express my creativity, but I really started to see creativity as the force behind my career after a severe car accident made me realize I needed to embrace my life fully. For me, that meant living a creative life full of color, texture and wearable art.
How long have you been doing your art?
I have been a professional artist since 2000, though I started my wearable art business in 2006.
Do you have formal training?
Yes. I studied studio arts and art therapy at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. I have also chosen to keep pursuing my learning via online courses through various organizations and schools including the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space?
Yes! I am very excited to have recently opened a creative sewing/dyeing studio and classroom space in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh at 5258 Butler Street (15201).
How do you come up with ideas? What is your inspiration?
Initially my designs were thoroughly influenced by my passion for Japanese shibori fabric dyeing and a trip I took to Japan to study shibori methods in Tokyo. More recently, I have been inspired by geometric shapes and forms in technology (wires, machine parts, etc…). These new inspirations are being included in my new lines that use applique techniques and digitally printed textiles.
Is this what you do for a living?
Yes. I create, sell and teach, plus take on some commissions to help other artists with their marketing.
How long does it take to do a piece?
It depends on the piece. The new applique pieces tend to take a few days to a week…it is hard to complete one from start to finish without working on other things. They really tend to lead me as I go rather than me having a complete vision from the start. I am thoroughly enjoying the process!
What is your favorite part of doing your art?
So many favorites! Creating new designs that fill a need I see for my customers and/or myself…in short, creative problem-solving using the tools and skills of my art and craft. Combining colors and textures in new ways. Learning new techniques. Seeing my vision unfold and then find a new home with a customer.