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Whenever as a little boy I had a bad dream, my mother told me that it was because of the trees. In the autumn she said the chemicals, the hormones, she called them, that the trees used to shed their leaves traveled somehow through the air to us humans and they made us dream. Well, you can’t not somehow start to think of a story about magical beings and all that stuff after your mum tells you something like this.
The name of the story however and the whole idea that someone can change our dreams came from something else. When our daughters were little, someone gave them a dream catcher as a present. Densmore, Frances (1929, 1979 Chippewa Customs. Minn. Hist. Soc. Press) tells us that the term originates in Anishinaabe culture as "the spider web charm" –asubakacin'net-like' (White Earth Nation); bwaajigengwaagan'dream snare' (Curve Lake First Nation). The artefact is a hoop with woven string or sinew meant to replicate a spider's web, used as a protective charm for infants.”
It made me think that it would be great if there was something like a ‘dream maker’. A magical way to give you wonderful dreams. The girls and I made a thing that was the shape of a handheld mirror and it had a spider web lattice work arrangement decorated with shiny beads and play-jewels. For a while, I liked the idea of making a whole body of work on the idea. This story pays homage to the love I felt for my mother and which in a small way I hope I have passed on to our children.

George Sfougaras 2022

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