Dreamcatchers have somewhat evolved over time. From symbols of slumber, they’ve now also become beautiful staples of summer. For the Anishinaabe, the early Native American settlers, dreamcatchers attract all sorts of dreams to its webs and thus, have the power to filter bad dreams from the good. Fast forward to today, many millennials caught on and are more fascinated with dreamcatchers.
We asked Luisa Cordero, the island hippie at heart behind the creative pursuit specializing on dreamcatchers and other handmade Indigenous arts and crafts called La Isla Luisa to share more on this, plus tips for when you want to weave your own dreamcatcher:
Of art and positive energy
Ideally hung above a sleeping area in a place where the morning light can hit it and melt away the bad dreams finding their way around the webs, dreamcatchers are also ornaments to promote peace, harmony, and good vibes. “It’s not only for the dreamer but for everyone inside the home. It is also an instrument / tool for me to share my creativity, art, and positive energy,” says Luisa.
Most intended for the free-spirited and open-minded individuals, dreamcatchers have already fascinated Luisa ever since she was a kid as she has always been interested in native arts and culture. “One day I was staring at a dreamcatcher and decided to see if I could make one,” Luisa says, “After several attempts, I figured it out all on my own and was super happy with the finished product. From that point on I kept creating and never stopped.”
Home for the island hippie vibes
“Every dreamcatcher I make is unique. I do not repeat designs unless requested, and even then I still make it a little different to keep it original. I do this because I want and believe that each dreamcatcher should have its own unique personality and character. Every web that I weave involves a struggle. Each struggle has helped me to get to know myself better, taught me to be patient and to explore my art,” Luisa notes.
In 2014, Luisa finally found places where she could sell her old and new art pieces and thus, La Isla Luisa was born. With her unique sense of style and unwavering dedication to her craft, she only hopes to create a harmonious balance between flair and individuality. Luisa adds, “Every product has its purpose, but we relish the little embellishments; vintage charms, hand braiding, weaving and stitching. These help to produce one-of-a-kind creations that will style your home, your body, your heart and your soul.”
Own web of dreams
Luisa shares some tips for the first-time dreamcatcher artist:
1. "Make sure to have the basic supplies / tools for the dreamcatcher (regardless of end design)—hoop (wooden or metal), hemp rope or string (for the webbing), accessories (beads / embellishments), and feathers."
2. "Make sure to evenly space webbing."
3. "Use a double knot to secure webbing when done."
4. "Include embellishments that have personal meaning or value to make it Your Own."
5. "Most importantly… Don't give up!!! You may experience some problems or troubles during the process. Be patient. It will make the end product that much more meaningful."
Extra tip: "I make dreamcatchers with natural healing crystals / stones (i.e. Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Lapiz Lazuli etc.) along with shells and feathers that we have gathered on our travels to enhance the positive vibrations and energies," Luisa shares.
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Photographs from Luisa Cordero. For more handmade dreamcatchers, follow Luisa here and here.