I find dream catchers to be among the most visually appealing man made images. The circular hoop, with woven webbing; beads and dreams caught on the webs; long tassles dripping from the hoop, my soul sings when I see them. They seem to be a space between heaven, earth, and the spirit realm. For me, art must have a spiritual dimension. I am not a fan of purely conceptual and industrial art. Its fine in its own realm, but it doesn’t call to me. Art must speak to the world of nature, to the greater meaning and purpose of being. Dream catchers seem to embody this calling.
When I was a teenager, I remember purchasing a dream catcher kit. It was a kit to make earrings. What a joy to make! I made these small hoops with webbing, a few beads. They were treasured earrings for many years, but unfortunately, they were lost. However, the process of making the dream catcher stayed in my mind. Recently, I was inspired to return to these images. There is an amazing dream catcher sitting in a window below the yoga studio where I teach every Monday night. It features a hoop within a hoop, and it sparkles with gold and black threading. Knowing I had to make one of these again, I pulled out a bamboo hoop I had been saving for years. I made the webbing out of sari thread – made of woven sari material. The tassels off the hoop are also Sari based – they are the border of sari material, richly embroidered. I didn’t have any feathers, and I am not a fan of purchasing pre-bought feathers knowing that they come from the horrific animal agriculture business. So I decided to use this fantastic glitter paper (remember, I am a fan of gold) to cut out feather. I love the way they capture the shape and spirit of feathers while reflecting light. The finished dream catcher hangs in my living room. It is a first of its kind, a new series for me, and I am already gathering materials for a second attempt.