art-contest-maker-collage


Dreamcatcher

   by Rebecca Birrenkott for Build A Dream (2014)

Aluminum wire
Wove into dream catcher wreath
Used as backing to affix various dream charms

String
Wove dreamcatcher web

Styromfoam tube
Grated with microplane to create “sugar” for dancing sugar plum

Wooden model
Detached legs, painted and used as dancing sugar plum’s legs

Plastic egg half
Used as mold for sugar plum

Canvas
Dream team jersey

Paper
Feathers

Particle board
Elm Street Sign

Aluminum rod
Elm Street pole

Oil-based clay
Dream icon sculpting
Beads

Tools
Microplane
Hairdryer
Clay tools
Wire cutters
Scissors
Paintbrushes

Liquids utilized
Nail polish
Acrylic paints
Spray glue

The inspiration for this project came from Native American dreamcatchers. Built from willow wood and wool, these webs were thought to catch dreams while one was sleeping. Good dreams (for example, visions of sugarplums dancing, the famous US "dream team", true love) would become caught and travel down the silky feathers and into the snoozing person's mind. Nightmares or bad thoughts (for example, Elm Street and a Nightmare Before Christmas) would become caught in the web and fade in the morning sun's light.

 


Gallery