Update Time!

It has been a long time since posting. It has been busy. Very busy. With an incredible amount of creative changes. I think the easiest way to do an update is by breaking it down by medium:

Artwork – miniature landscapes have been selling well all year long out on the west coast. Pieces have gone to both tourists and island collectors. It is always a good day when the gallery calls you to say “We need more paintings!” Currently I am working on new pieces for the Christmas Small Packages Show. My artwork is available on a continual basis at Talisman on Pender Island (BC, Canada).

Photography – as of last month I have put portrait and wedding photography into hibernation. I will still continue to work on personal photography projects. This decision was made as I needed time to commit to my new project http://www.w1hundred.com . Only having 24 hours in a day had become a little limiting!

Textiles – big changes here! With the development of “W1 Hundred” I had to make some decisions as to how to handle my various textile projects and what their focus will be. In order to have development time, I have taken a break, for most of 2019, from working with retailers in the mountain parks. It was a necessary step to be able to focus on new products, techniques and building a new business model.

I am currently combining “Handmade in Canada” and “Pure Wear Canada” under “W1 Hundred” as themed projects. “Handmade in Canada” products are currently available on Pender Island; they sell consistently well to visiting tourists. “Pure Wear Canada” is having a little rest, but will most likely return as a hand-knit series; I already have many concepts in mind, but the aesthetic will be very different than before. “W1 Hundred” is now fully launched, new products, a new look, a new shop…..and the latest blog post can be read HERE .

Now that the work is done, hopefully I will have more time to stay in touch blogging and updating this site.

And if you are on Instagram, that is where you will find me most days, at @w1hundred and at @makerslife_debrahunter .

Let’s stay in touch.



We’re on Instagram!

instagramWell we’ve been having fun for the last few days toying with Instagram, and fun it has been. It seems to be a fun and fast way to share what we are up to, especially works in progress. The latest Instagram entry will now show along the sidebar. You can also find us by clicking HERE. I hope you’ll follow us!

(Also if you are a Canadian artist, artisan, writer, musician or grower, you might want to check out the new project we are building. Our project is Handmade in Canada and can be found at www.handmade-canada.com .)


Art, photography and handmade items by Debra Hunter







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January 2014 – Updates, Changes and Things

Last year when I started this blog my concept was that this would be the venue to share finished work and projects, portfolio work and updates for anything I was doing professionally. The blog was an off shoot of http://www.htheblog.wordpress.com which is an eclectic mix of works in progress, fibre art experiments, photography and a lot of real life. I decided to start this blog so that the business customers wouldn’t have to wade through posts about things like snowshoeing and collecting tansy for dyes, while those reading “h the blog” for fun would not have to read the business updates. It made sense. What I didn’t gauge for was what an interesting and diverse year 2013 would be. Bigger and more time-consuming projects meant that I was busy but the concept of only showing “finished projects” no longer made sense for this blog. I could work months on a project before it was done or have many projects finish around the same time with no time to blog about them. So with the onset of 2014 I have decided I need to tweak the direction of this blog.

A Catch of 10 (2013) artwork by Debra Hunter naturally dyed and hand stitched fibre art 16.5 inches by 7 inches

A Catch of 10
artwork by Debra Hunter
naturally dyed and hand stitched fibre art
16.5 inches by 7 inches

For 2014 I will continue to show the finished work, projects and portfolio work. I will also share business updates, show information and product information. In addition to this I am going to aim to do one or two “work in progress” posts a month to give a little insight into what is up and coming and also how items are created. On Wednesdays I will also be aiming to produce an image of the city of Red Deer for “Wordless Wednesday; this is a way for me to continually produce a folio documenting the city. This may expand to two other areas we frequent as the year goes on.

Now that you have read all my plans for 2014, lets move onto some updates and some “works in progress”. I plan to revisit many of these in-depth in future posts, but for now here is a little taste of what is going on.

blog coffee sweater 10The last month I have been very busy making coffee sweaters. A great little item made of yarns I dye by hand and hand knit. I have been updating my website ( http://www.thehuntergroup.ca ) plus they are also being sold at Sunworks in Red Deer, Alberta. It seems every time I get a stockpile made they are off to new homes.

blog coverI finished the illustrations for “Straw Hat, Rubber Boots and a Cat” by Kathy Weisse. I will have a blog post about the book coming up soon.

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A corporate shooting job, including head shots and event photography, kept me busy for quite a while and was completed just before Christmas.

blog stitching work in progressI have three fibre art pieces in progress. All are dealing with Alberta imagery. All are hand dyed with natural dyes. All are hand stitched and hand beaded. All are taking a very long time to complete. There will probably be many updates in the future regarding these pieces.

Driftwood Bracelet #1

Driftwood Bracelet #1

The naturally dyed and hand tied bracelets are also being worked on. I love these pieces and want to keep them all for myself!

In addition to all this I am currently developing another useable art item (development takes time and a lot of experimentation!) and test driving new materials for the coffee sweaters and bracelets, plus the studio floor is about to be “tweaked” (what a saga!).

I think adding work in progress to this blog will keep it a lot more interesting. I hope you will enjoy following all that I get up to in 2014!

(If you are interested, bracelets and coffee sweaters are available through our website http://www.thehuntergroup.ca , we take Paypal and ship throughout Canada.)

Debra Hunter
Studio H & Hunter Photographics
photography, art, fibre art useables and wearables, illustration


Debra Hunter

I would like to welcome you to my new blog.

Last August I started blogging at www.htheblog.wordpress.com . I never knew blogging would end up being such a fascinating way of connecting with both new people and people I have known for years. Originally “H….the blog” was going to be my blog about art and photography, however as time went on the scope expanded further and further. I was no longer sharing just images from studio sessions or the latest fibre art projects, I was also blogging about snowshoeing, walks through the woods and potential developments damaging habitats. As I love writing about both art & photography and all the other things in life, I decided a new blog will help me to place my interests into compartments. Www.htheblog.wordpress.com will cover my wanderings and all the fun stuff, www.debrahunter.wordpress.com will cover art & photography, and as if that isn’t enough, www.islandhomeblog.wordpress.com is all about our adventures at our island home.

I’m not truly crazy posting on three blogs, I actually use blogging as a way to edit the thousands of pictures I take. Last year it was around 50,000 images.

So welcome to the new blog, I look forward to sharing some fun stuff with you!