By corrupting the image to make the feather more beautiful we ironically detract from the beauty by looking at imperfections in a negative light. Imperfections that occur in nature that create uniqueness are what make things beautiful. Social media and editing systems allows us to make adjustments to the natural beauty of everyday objects.
Dream catchers are placed above the bed in order to capture bad dreams while we are sleeping. Knowing this, I decided to manipulate the watercolors, by using more water than paint to create a soft, dreamlike look.
Dream catchers are a highly recognized part of Native American culture. In the design of the dream catcher there is a plethora of symbolic meaning regarding each piece of the object. The entire dream catcher is made from elements in nature. In the Native American culture nature is everything. They appreciate the simplicity and the beauty in nature and do not try to edit or enhance any part of nature. A feather is a sacred piece of nature and they recognize the origin of the feather. The most commonly used feather in Native American dream catchers is an Eagle feather. Eagles are sacred animals to Native Americans. Symbolically, the feathers deliver the good dreams to the dreamer. The good dreams slide down the soft feathers making no sound so the dreamer does not wake during sleep. As more feathers are added to the circle, the dream catcher gains strength and becomes a better symbolic medium to ward off bad dreams and keep the good dreams circulating in the dreamer’s mind.
Breaking the feather down into simple graphic shapes using the program Illustrator. Then I filled in each graphic shape with different shades of blue to give the feather a stained glass look. I associated the stained glass art with church and religion and the different shades of blue as characteristics of the feather and nature of the bird itself.
In Native American culture, blue represents Father Sky and all that live in the sky. The feather originates from a bird, which flourishes in the sky and projects a godly or spiritual figure in many cultures. This is the reason for using the stained glass. I used several shades of blue to depict the different attributes of the bird within the design. The more pale blues in the design represent freedom, which the bird has while in flight. The other end of the feather contains darker blues, which is symbolic of nostalgia. This color was used to demonstrate to the viewer that while the bird is no longer in use of the feather, it is a symbol of the great value and use it once had. The feather was once an instrumental part of flight for the bird and it should not be forgotten or looked upon as waste.