Amber Friedman | Biography
Amber Friedman is a textile artist, who lives with her family in the qathet region of BC following a lifetime of travel and creativity, beginning with her first camera at five years old. She taught herself how to sew and dye fabric at 10 years old, using up all her mother’s white sheets to do so. Currently, Friedman is exploring direct application of Indigo and foraging for local medicinal plant colours. She is using botanical dyes exclusively for all her paintings and clothing.
Friedman attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, studying textiles from WhiteFeather, Harriet Taylor and Janice Wright Cheney. During the four-year program, Friedman also participated in multiple group exhibitions, co-created emerging art boutiques and taught arts-based workshops alongside recognized artists in the community. While living on the west coast she has studied printing with natural dyes at Maiwa, been an active member of the Malaspina Arts Society and a founding member of the Annual eCouture Wearable Art Fashion Show. Friedman is currently making art from her new studio in Powell River, BC for an upcoming Exhibit she has in the Spring of 2022 at FibreWorks Gallery in Maidera Park, the artwork is an exploration of money and staking ground. Amber teaches botanical dye workshops and does art residencies at Art Centres and Community Buildings in the Powell River Area, the lower Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands.