Amber Friedman | Biography
Amber Friedman is an award-winning textile artist, who lives with her family in Powell River, 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 using text in her batik paintings, direction application of Indigo and foraging for medicinal plant colours. She is now using botanical dyes for all her paintings and clothing after 6 years of research.
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’s upcoming events include the release of her first zine entitled ‘Batik with Botanical Dyes’ due out Fall 2018, various Christmas Craft Sales, and an artist-in-residence at Fibre Works Gallery in Maidera Park in 2019. Amber teaches botanical dye workshops at The Academy of Music + Urban Homesteading School, in Powell River and at FibreWorks Gallery in Maidera Park, + The Arts Building in Gibsons, BC.