Green Leap Camp Copeland Studios

Camp Copeland Studio

Alyssa and Drew Kail founded Camp Copeland Studio in 2015 to improve everyday lives through considered design and intentional living. Inspired by Japanese minimalism, Scandinavian design, and the Swedish concept of “lagom” (meaning “just enough”), Camp Copeland handcrafts mindful home goods and decor in kiln-formed glass and wool. Now with Green Leap, they look forward to introducing sound-dampening wall art products.

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New Products Coming Soon
Debuting with Monmade — April 2023

Combining textile and material waste, Camp Copeland is exploring art products that not only offer aesthetic but functional enhancements to the built environment. Made from reclaimed and upcycled felt, textiles, and plastics, these panels showcase Alyssa and Drew’s core design sensibilities and interest in improving the acoustical value of their products. They envision panels that can be hung individually for visual impact and, when combined in larger arrangements, also help dampen sounds from surrounding space.

“Through designing for maximum yield, sourcing remnant or cast-off materials, and minimizing or reusing packaging materials, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Our items are a revolution to the mass-produced throwaway culture alternatives by being made to last. We call our work ‘Art for Everyday Living.’ Each piece explores the intersection of art, craft, and design and is a functional artisan-made object of the highest quality.”

Alyssa & Drew Kail

Camp Copeland’s initial Green Leap product prototypes (shown above) sought to use a variety of reclaimed materials, including Merino wool roll remnants, textile waste from large retail fashion suppliers, and #4 and #5 plastics from Reimagined Recycling’s program. Alyssa and Drew are now refining the design and production of the panels by standardizing dimensions, hanging mechanisms and options, and product colorways. The finalized panels will debut in April at our premiere Green Leap design industry event.

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sustainablyMonmade Insights 

Through our assessment of her studio and processes, Camp Copeland Studio achieves five of Monmade’s six dimensions of sustainability: environment, climate, human health, and social equity.

  • 50% woman-owned creative business located in Braddock, PA, a low-income area
  • Committed to handcrafted, small-batch production runs for products made of glass and various textiles, including sustainable wool and reclaimed textile scraps
  • Sourcing Merino wool from Filzfelt—which sources from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand—and typically buying end-rolls and cut-offs, minimizing manufacturing waste. Wool is a rapidly renewable resource and is 100% biodegradable. It’s harvested from sheep and is regarded for its crimped, elastic fibers that are easily felted to form a fabric that cannot be pulled apart. This translates into durability, excellent dyeability, resistance to flame and compression, and thermal and sound insulation
  • Reclaimed material sources include a Philadelphia-based non-profit, FabScrap, which is an outlet for recycling textile waste (clothing scraps, overruns, mistakes, and other collected materials) from large fashion retailers
  • Producer is creating sound-dampening art panels using reclaimed textiles, wool, and a solid backer board with dry connections (i.e., no adhesives). Acoustics are a priority in office design—highlighting not only aesthetic value but the value to human health, well-being, and mindful interior spaces is a priority. The design and assembly of this product are completed in-studio; additional materials are being sourced from locations that are within 300 miles of their primary facility
  • Taking safety precautions using appropriate protective eye, hand, body, and respiratory equipment
  • Utilizing air and water filtration systems and waste stream collection. Maximizing energy efficiencies by utilizing natural light, working on off-peak hours, using LED lighting fixtures, and considering alternative/renewable energy generation. The exterior of producer’s home-based studio utilizes stormwater management techniques such as rain barrels and permeable paving

Learn more about Monmade’s holistic approach to sustainability.