Illustration, Tags and Buttons

I have been wanting to add an illustration to the packaging of the “Coffee Sweaters”. As I have another group of sweaters ready to package up I thought it was the perfect time to do the illustration and create the tags. I wanted something simple, basic and a little rustic.

 coffee sweater illustrationThe illustration originally started out at about 8 inches high. I then scanned the image and cropped it down to 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. The size was to match a tag I currently use in packaging.

 tagsThe tags are printed on a heavy beige paper with mottling; I think it is a nice change from stark white.

coffee sweater and tagsThe tags are displayed alongside a “Coffee Sweater” that has been naturally dyed  in Lac. I hand dye and hand knit all the “Coffee Sweaters”. They are embellished with re-purposed buttons which creates a fun “not so matched” look.

 wooden buttonsOn the topic of buttons, I have been back at making wooden buttons. These ones are from a neighbour’s tree that blew down in a storm. Branches give a very rustic and natural look (obviously!) . The buttons on the left are the natural color, while the ones on the right had a dip in an exhausted logwood dye bath. I think the dye bath really enhanced the character of the buttons, and the color worked better on the “Coffee Sweaters” I attached them to.

I am hoping to photograph the latest batch of “Coffee Sweaters” in the next few days and then I will share the pictures here.

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Hunter Photographics & Studio H
photography, art and hand-made items by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Another Trial Bracelet

(please click on the above images to view a larger image)

This bracelet is another one of my naturally dyed experiments. The cotton thread has been hand-dyed in natural dyes of cutch, madder and marigold. The bracelet was then tied with one continuous piece of cotton thread. I like the look of the bracelet, but tying a wide bracelet with a continuous piece of cotton is a very time consuming affair. The width of the bracelet is nice, and the fit is comfortable. This is definitely a design to continue exploring.

Bracelet by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca

Testing New Things

I have been trying a few new things with the bracelets recently. With this bracelet I am trying new materials. Previously I was using cotton threads to construct the bracelets, but this time I decided to try something new and go with SILK.

 silk bracelet - lac & logwood

This bracelet is made of hand-dyed silk thread that I have naturally dyed in lac and logwood. I then hand tie hundreds of small knots to make the bracelets. A few glass beads are added for embellishment. Silk, being a protein fibre, opens up a whole new range of colors for the bracelets, plus it is just a little bit of luxury having the bracelet made of silk.

 silk bracelet - lac & logwood I am also testing a different fastening system. Previously I had been using recycled buttons but I thought I would also try clasps as an option. It is a little more refined which suits the silk.

The great thing about testing new things is I get to keep the bracelet for myself. If the bracelet will hold up to my wear I know it will be good for others. I’m not exactly the most “careful” person. So far the bracelet has already passed the “smushed Play-doh test”…..a little wash and it was good to go. Tonight I will see if it survives Power Yoga.

More Coffee Sweaters Ready For New Homes

Coffee Sweaters at Sunworks

A new batch of Coffee Sweaters has just been finished and are ready for new homes. The latest batch are a variety of colors and some are even dressed up with hand made wooden buttons (because I have so much free time! LOL!).  This collection was delivered to our  local  Sunworks shop , located at 4924 Ross Street in Red Deer, Alberta. Pop on in and check them out if you are in town. There are even a couple of Coffee Sweaters with heart motifs just in time for Valentines Day.

 Coffee Sweaters at Sunworks

I also sell Coffee Sweaters personally and can be contacted through my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca .

Art , photography, illustration and fibre wearables and useables
by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics & Studio H
www.thehuntergroup.ca

Finally Updated the Website With Fun New Fibre Pieces

Driftwood Bracelet #1

Driftwood Bracelet #1

Well I finally got around to updating my Hunter Photographics and Studio H website at www.thehuntergroup.ca . This has been on my “to do” list for quite a while. To be honest I have been putting it off as I had to create new categories  and a new album for the shop. I knew it was going to take time as the program has a tendency to be “buggy”. Well the program kept its reputation and acted up, but some how I seemed to make it work.

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Additions to the site include an updated “Bracelet” section, the addition of a “Coffee Sweaters” section and a “Shop”. We will ship to anywhere in Canada, however if you are local and would like to see our fun new pieces, drop us an email (hunterphotographics@shaw.ca ) and we can set up a visit. Coffee Sweaters are also available at Sunworks  located on Ross Street in Red Deer.

The new shop Coffee Sweater page can be found HERE.

The new Bracelet page can be found HERE.

The new Shop page can be found HERE.

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I still need to update some recent photography images, but that will be a project for the new year.