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.

Debra

 

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.

http://www.debra-hunter.com

 

Studio Portrait in Cool Tones – Studio Photography – Red Deer, Alberta

studio portraitI’ve noticed a trend in some high end magazines where portraits have their tones shifted into cooler, more desaturated tones. It think it takes a certain style of portrait for this to work. This straight forward pose with a simple studio background seemed to be the perfect candidate for that style of coloration. A great style to work with for solo portraits or even head shots for someone in a creative field.

Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics
Business, family, head shot and wedding photography
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

www.thehuntergroup.ca

New colors!

Three days of indigo dyeing means new colors are about to appear in my knit items and stitched art pieces. Here is a preview of what is to come:

cotton dyed in indigo

cotton dyed in indigo

This skein of yarn, which is approximately a half a kilometer in length, I have plans to knit into an infinity scarf.

wool dyed in indigo

wool dyed in indigo

The wool yarn is slated to become coffee sweaters and perhaps a new item or two that are in the planning stages.

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

cotton gauze dyed in indigo

This scarf is nice and wide and long. It looks fabulous wrapped so I think I will be keeping it for myself. I will definitely be dyeing more scarves in the very near future. I also dyed a few pieces of cotton in a similar style to mix with block printing. Interesting projects to come in the future.

If you are interested in seeing how this was done you can click HERE . The process is pretty interesting.

Dyeing by Debra Hunter
Studio H
Red Deer, AB, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca

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 .

Rose Leaf Eco-print Scarf – #2

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11 inches by 60 inches

This is the perfect scarf for a nature lover, gardener or those interested in eco-conscious  clothing.

100% silk scarf eco-printed with the natural dyes released from rose leaves; colors are then enhanced with a final post mordant dip.

The rose leaves are sourced from a pink rose-bush growing in our front garden. This process allows for a beautiful image to be imprinted on the silk, with some of the vein details showing in some of the printings. The final result is a scarf patterned with leaf prints of overlapping blacks, greys and grey-greens.

This item is currently available for purchase within Canada. Please email studioh@shaw.ca for more details.

To view the story behind how I create the eco-printed scarves, please visit www.htheblog.wordpress.com and view the post “Eco-printing With Rose Leaves”

I also post work at www.thehuntergroup.ca .

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Rose Leaf Eco-print Scarf #1

” Rose Leaf Eco-print Scarf – #1 ” (2013)

rose leaf silk scarf 1 blog11 inches by 60 inches

This scarf creates the unique experience of wearing an item embellished directly by nature.

100% silk scarf eco-printed with the natural dyes released from rose leaves; colors are then enhanced with a final post mordant dip.

The rose leaves are sourced from a rose bush that grows in our front garden. This process allows for a beautiful image to be imprinted on the silk. The resulting leaf print has an almost a fossil-like look. This scarf has been created using a vertical fold allowing for a mirror-image effect through the length of the scarf.

This item is currently available for purchase within Canada. Please email studioh@shaw.ca for more information.

To view the story behind how this scarf was created please visit www.htheblog.wordpress.com and view the post “Eco-printing With Rose Leaves”

I also post work at www.thehuntergroup.ca .

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“Rose Leaf Eco-print Scarf” (2013)

rose leaf eco print scarf

“Rose Leaf Eco-print Scarf” (2013)

11 inches by 60 inches

100% silk scarf eco-printed with the natural dyes released from rose leaves; colors are then enhanced with a final post mordant dip.

The rose leaves are sourced directly from our garden. This process allows for a beautiful image to be imprinted on the silk. The resulting leaf print has an almost a fossil-like look.

(This item is currently reserved.)

Please visit my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca .

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Peony Scarf (June 2013)

peony ecoprint scarf (2013)“Peony Eco-print Scarf”
(2013)

11 inches by 60 inches

100% silk scarf eco-printed with the natural dyes released from the peony leaves; colors are then enhanced with a final post mordant dip.

The peony leaves are sourced directly from our garden. This process allows for a beautiful image to be imprinted on the silk. The resulting leaf print has an almost a fossil-like look.

(This item is currently reserved.)

Please visit my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca

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