Originating from the Ojibwe people of North America, dream catchers come from a particular story about the spider woman, Asibikaashi. This woman used to watch over all the children of her people, but as they began to scatter across North America, she was unable to do this for everyone. So they began making dream catchers, made to mimic a spider’s web. Bad dreams get caught as an insect gets caught in a spider web, good dreams pass through and down the feathers and into the sleeping person’s mind.
I created mine with a metal hoop wrapped in leather rope; I then wrapped alpaca yarn around a quarter of the hoop, then preceded to create my web. In one I wove beads right into the web, in all three I hung circular beads in the center. From the bottom I incorporated a few feathers, but focused on textiles; alpaca yarn and two types of ribbon.
It is said that whenever a section of the dream catcher moves of its own accord, a dream has just passed through it.
This work was similar to my work with crochet, it was meditative. It was a change of pace to work with such a variety of media, now one hangs above my bed, one above my niece’s, and one found a home in Nashville, Tennessee with my best friend Sarah.