dream catching

sadly, it is time to say farewell to our concept intern, stacey, who is leaving us to go to college.  please enjoy one last post from her!

I feel as if everywhere I turn I see dreamcatchers. Suspended from rearview mirrors, splashed across blogs, discreetly tucked into editorial images, they are difficult to ignore…not that I would want to. While a trend beloved by too many tires easily, its ubiquity stripping away the element of novelty too soon, the recent overwhelming amount of dreamcatchers has yet to repel me; it just leaves me wanting to know more. It is easy to lose the story in a profusion of images so I looked for it in the legend. These words from Core Designs convince me that a dreamcatcher definitely warrants a warm place above my pillow—

“The dreamcatcher legend originated from the Ojibway and Lakota Elders. They tell us that dreams do hold great power and drift about at night before coming to the sleeping ones. To keep the dreamer safe, the Old Ones created a special web, The Dreamcatcher, to hang above their sleeping places. The ancient story told by the Native Elders is that the Dreamcatcher’s hoop, with the intricate webbing at it’s center, ensures a sleep undisturbed by bad dreams. The good dreams would take the path of the web with great ease to its center and would float gently down the trail of beads, and like the feather, drift down into the minds of the sleepers below.
The bad dreams would struggle with the web and become entangled as the night would pass, leaving them to perish in the rays of the new day sun in the morning.”

The word “dreams” itself is so airy — wispy and elfin when written and rolls cheerfully off the tongue when spoken. The “d” stretches wildly in a yawn before guiding the remaining letters into a calm lethargy. Just hearing and reading and speaking the word throws my imagination into overdrive. Admiring the word and its shape-shifting quality got me thinking about the other meaning of dreams, the even less tangible one that consumes the mind long after the sun has risen and the darkness melted away. A recent dream of mine came true this summer and comes to a close today and I can’t help but feel a melancholy, like I am groping in vain at a fleeting something that has came and passed and can no longer be recovered. I recognize that interning at Free People this summer has been a gift in many forms. Meeting so many wonderful people and being able to observe them and learn from them has enriched not only my understanding of how a corporate setting works, but educated me in the intricate way that a group of creative and hard-working people come together to create something that makes people feel good about themselves. I am very lucky to have had this experience and would not trade this summer for any other.

Thank you, Free People, for having me. :)

in case you missed any of her lovely posts, click on these links:

meet the concept intern!

through our concept intern’s eyes

intern-al affairs

a-dressing nirvana

if you blur your eyes…

be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can

hot and cold

cruel summer

some morning inspiration


thank you stacey, keep in touch!

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13 years ago

Such great writing from such a young woman, she obviously has a bright future ahead of her, good luck Stacey!

13 years ago

dreamcatchers are definitely trendy these days, but seeing them in ads always makes me wince — such blatant appropriation of native american symbols for the pursuit of hippie chic. they sure do photograph nicely and all, but ouch. aren’t there classier ways to be fashionable than stealing a dying culture’s beliefs?

13 years ago

wouldn’t, in some sense, a post illustrating the history of dream catchers as a comment to their obvious resurgance in popularity be, in a small part, actually preserving a symbol of a dying culture? or awakening a new appreciation for them in this next generation…

I’ve loved all your posts and I look forward to seeing more in the future. all the best at college!

13 years ago

Yes Katie! Finally someone who understands my annoyance with the hippy chic culture and their fascination with dreamcatchers. I am Ojibway myself, but we aren’t really a dying culture, at least in Canada, our population is consistently on the rise… but more importantly, people choose to associate dreamcatchers as a “symbol” for a people, but really dreamcatchers were created to sell to the first settlers, and weren’t made before hand. The design is an adaptation from the snow shoe. So in a sense I guess it is still working as a survival tool to make ends meat. :)

13 years ago

Katie, I agree. Dreamcatchers, when used in such novel ways, can easily trivialize a culture.

Stacey, have fun at college! Freshman year r00lz

13 years ago

I’m going to miss Stacey’s posts :( Best of luck with the semester! I start this week.

I made a dream catcher necklace last week. I was given one by my grandpa as a child and always kept it in my room. Last year I made it into a necklace. Last week, I thought it would be fun to make one from scratch, so i did.