Saturday Art Challenge

18.07.2020

Dreaming away the weekend!!

Hello! Happy weekend!

I have an interesting little task for you this weekend, making dream catchers!

Did you know that dream catchers come from American Indian Culture? In basic detail they were traditionally made by mothers to pass on to their children and relatives moving away from the tribe into another. The dream catcher represents a web, with a bead representing a spider which was a positive symbol in their culture, linked to the earth and Mother Nature. The basic premise being that the mother would be watching over the family member wherever they were.

The dream catcher is meant to hang in an opening or window, with the belief that as dreams enter the house they will filter down through the web. The bad dreams will be caught and held in the web, good dreams will softly fall down through the feathers to reach the sleeping person.

I am no expert on this – so apologies to anyone who knows more about the cultural beliefs, any mistakes in this are mine entirely. I found this link which should give better detail. What I love about dream catchers is the link to the spiritual side of life and also nature. I followed a very simple YouTube tutorial which you can find here on how to make one. I used cherry tree twigs to bend into a hoop but willow would be much better!

Here is my attempt:

Let me see your results! Sweet dreams!

Best wishes,

Emma

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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