Debra Strand

About the Artist

Debra was raised in Prince Rupert, left for University and returned for work.  Not planning to stay long she fell in love with kayaking and has spent countless hours exploring waters surrounding this beautiful little community.  This is where her inspiration primarily comes from.

Having learned to sew in school and making primarily clothing, a local quilting class opened the door to this new realm.  It wasn’t until a few years later, after attending art school during a sabbatical from her professional life and her young children were in school that she was really able to put it all together and see what happens.  Each art quilt is an exploration.

Debra also enjoys sewing a variety of more functional items from small coin purses and unique messenger bags to larger, functional modern quilts.
Debra has exhibited in the Ruth Harvey Art Gallery and the Terrace Art Gallery.  Her work has found homes all over the world.

Soap making was something Debra dabbled in years ago and put it aside until the opportunity arose to make it and sell locally. It has been an exploration to learn new ways of making cold process soap as well as develop recipes for the specialty bars such as shampoo, shave, face and dog.

A few years ago she began exploring the medicinal plants that grew locally and making healing herbal oils using a method that extracts the maximum constituents. These now form the basis for her salves and are also used in a few of the soaps to either add colour or for their benefits on the skin