I was taught by a friend to weave my first dream catcher about 10 years ago. This gift of traditional knowledge set me onto a very expansive creative path that continues to unfold and connect the threads in my life like the web of the pieces that I create.
Although I do not personally ascend from any Native American ancestry I found a deep connection to the symbology of the dream catcher and dream work in different forms. I began to play and experience using various materials on my creative journey, namely leather, stones, crystals and feathers which each hold a great significance to me. With each creation I acquire another level of understanding of the materials that I work with and have been able to apply my craftsmanship to make objects that I feel resonate well with my personal style.
I have been fortunate to work with artists, healers, indigenous people and an extensive family of creative souls that help perpetuate my art with their ceremonies, support and inspirations.
Traditional dream catchers are linked to the Obijwa tribes of the Lake Superior region in the United States and were used as protective amulets
A dreamcatcher is primarily composed of a hoop and a web-like netting that mimics that of a spider web intended to catch the bad dreams in the net while allowing the good dreams to pass through the centre.
The netting is significant of the web of life and the idea that all living things are connected in nature. The feathers allow bad dreams that were caught over night to drip down them and burned away with the morning sun.
Native American culture believes that "dreams are the messengers to the spirit world and everyday life."
"With utmost respect for the traditional intent of the dreamcatchers significance I create each of these unique pieces to bring forth the ancient wisdom through this art to our modern life."