In Progress – Colorfield Landscape

Segments of tonight’s painting. A work in progress. Another deconstructed landscape under construction.

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“Freedom 5: Grey Flood” – Canadian Art

“Freedom 5: Grey Flood”, ink on paper, 5″x7″, 2018, by Debra Hunter

 

The Freedom series continues. Small works on paper, approached with experimentation. A way to loosen up painting and art.This piece is one of the wettest pieces I have made in recent weeks. Layers of diluted ink veiling one over the other. Hard lines for contrast.

This piece is based on recent spring floods, and the spreading flowing waters. There is inspiration everywhere.

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And so the paint meanders…..

 

And so the paint meanders…….

A new work in progress. An idea that has shifted a dozen times in the last few days. In the last couple of hours it has found its path. I think we have navigated past twee and into stronger territory.

A smaller canvas at 16″x20″. I wanted to test out playing both vertical and horizontal lines on something smaller, testing to make sure it didn’t get too landscapey, but was still reminiscent.

Hopefully I will be up to the strong color portion tomorrow, that is when we will see if it all comes together.

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The Freedom Series – painting

Freedom 1- 8″x10″, ink on paper, 2018

The Freedom Series is an ongoing group of pieces started in 2018. I had wanted to work on an ongoing project that had few limitations in an effort to avoid “painters block”. By choosing the word “freedom”, it allowed me to approach the paintings with just that, freedom. It could be abstract, landscape, or based on any other inspiration. The only real limitation is that I have chosen to work on paper. This decision was made as I feel you are more likely to produce more work, and take more risks, and experiment more when working on paper instead of canvas or board.

Freedom 2 – 8″x10″, ink on paper, 2018

The pieces, to this point, are an extension of the paintings I am currently doing on canvas. soft and hard lines, fields of color, lots of meshing color, and a nod to landscape.

Freedom 3: Sea – 5″x7″, ink on paper, 2018

Some are also proving to be studies for larger pieces.

Freedom 4: Trainspotting – 5″x7″, ink on paper, 2018

Several weeks in to this project, it is proving to be quite interesting, and quite beneficial, as it is very conducive to promoting a daily practice.

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Recycled Knits

Over the last little while I’ve been working on a technique of recycling wool scraps. As I knit over a hundred pounds of wool each year, I have a lot of ends that are clipped off of finished pieces that would normally go into the waste bin, and then the landfill, but in the back of my mind I have always thought there is a way to avoid this situation.

Through experimentation, and a LOT of time, I discovered I could strip down the scraps and re-spin them. I spin by hand on a Turkish spindle.

I have knit, in the past with the yarn created from the first re-spin. For the project I am currently working on I decided to ply  re-spun to re-spun.

This creates a thicker yarn. I will admit it is a weird ply and it creates a sturdy yarn. This type of yarn is a good fit for the project I am working on, a mini cross-body bag.

It is quite interesting to explore the idea of taking waste fiber and turning it into a functional item. This concept still needs further exploration, but it is definitely forward thinking.

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Art – Miniatures in Progress

The start of a new year also means the start of a new series. This year I have decided to explore a botanical theme in the miniatures, focusing initially on the forest floor.

The theme seems well suited to miniatures, as mushrooms and leaves demand our up close attention for viewing details as do small works of art.

I am continuing to work in pen, ink and brush on paper, yet loosening up the lines in the initial drawing stage. There has also been a small departure from patterning, which I may or may not stick with.

Art is always a process. It will take a few pieces and many hours to define how I proceed with this theme. You never quite know where a piece will take you.

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Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender

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Coffee Press Sweater naturally dyed in indigo, chamomile, pomegranate and turmeric.

The Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada) are complete. The sweaters will be dressing the coffee presses (and keeping coffee warm) in the accommodation units at the newest resort on the island.

Each Coffee Press Sweater is made of 100% Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is hand-dyed in micro batches in natural dyes that I craft by hand. In keeping with the resort’s colors, the items feature colors created with marigold (right from our gardens), chamomile, pomegranate, turmeric and indigo. The Coffee Press Sweaters are knit by hand and proudly display the resort’s logo in the center band .

In addition to creating custom Coffee Press Sweaters for boutiques and the hospitality industry, we are always thrilled to sell our lovely handmade items to individuals. If you are interested in a Coffee Press Sweater we can be contacted through our website www.debra-hunter.com.

Handmade items by Debra Hunter
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We also profile our work at www.handmade-canada.com , a brand new site for Canadian artists, artisans, writers, musicians and growers. If you are a Canadian maker, please take a look as we are currently looking for new makers to join our project.

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Coffee Press Sweater – New Knit Items

I’ve been a little slow on blogging lately due to being super busy. Part of the busyness has been working on a lot of natural dyeing and a lot of knitting. Hours of knitting everyday. I have been trying out a few new items and writing out the patterns as they develop, plus tweaking a few items that have been “in progress” for quite some time. Developing ideas can take a lot of time.

I was asked recently about knitting a cover for a Bodum coffee press. I had not done one before but decided to give it a try. In my mind it was straight forward, which it was, what took the time was making up my mind which colors to use. I couldn’t decide whether to use very conservative colors and patterns, or maybe some odd color combination with bold patterns, in my mind I could see it being done both ways. In the end I chose a middle ground, a very conservative pattern with a rather different color combination of purple, brown, yellow ochre and white; a color combination that you don’t usually see, but I think it works as it is a little earthy and a little oddball; it is interesting because it isn’t mainstream.

Of course once I finished the Coffee Press Sweater I had to dress up the mugs. The Coffee Mug Sweater is a variation on my Coffee Sweaters, with the size altered for mugs and the inclusion of a button opening. I chose to knit these in muted shades of the same colors used in the Coffee Press Sweater. This way they co-ordinate without being too matched. The pattern is also similar, but not the same. I think coordinating the set, but not matching could be a fun theme to explore. With winter coming I could have a whole range of covers to switch up the look of the table on a daily basis.

The wool yarn used is Canadian produced and milled here in Alberta. I hand dye the yarn in natural dyes and knit the pieces by hand. In this piece the dyes have been made from pomegranate, cutch and logwood. The buttons used are recycled.

For the moment this item will be a special order item. By doing each set individually, and chatting with those ordering them, I can make the piece more unique and they will in turn be more of a showpiece as you serve your coffee.

Feel free to contact us through the website below if you are interested in this item; we will ship within Canada. It is also a great gift item for those who like items that are handmade and made out of natural and locally sourced materials from right here in Alberta.

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Hand dyed and hand made by Debra Hunter

Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada.

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Rose Leaf Eco-Print Shirt

rose leaf eco-printed shirtThis cotton shirt has been eco-printed with rose leaves from our garden. The rose leaves give wonderful details and crisp lines. The colors of the prints vary from olive-green to grey. Eco printed wearables are a great choice for the eco conscious person or someone who just loves nature.

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Unfortunately this item is unavailable for purchase  as I love it too much to part with. However if you are interested in any items that I post please feel free to email studioh@shaw.ca for more information.

To view the story behind how I create the eco-printed shirt, please visit http://htheblog.wordpress.com/and view the post “Rolled and Bundled Shirt”.

If you are interested, I also post work at www.thehuntergroup.ca  and on Facebook .