About this piece:
The Dreaming Tree was inspired by a lullaby my mother sang to me when I was a little girl.
“Sleep baby sleep, your father tends the sheep, your mother tends the dreaming tree that makes the dreams fall, oh sleep baby sleep” my mother would sing.
I attended an art workshop earlier this year to create dream catchers. There we were told the history of dream catchers and how, traditionally, women made them for their children and grandchildren. It reminded me of the lullaby my mother used to sing to me. For the first time, I was struck by the many instances across cultures that reference women as being guardians of their children’s dreams.
I wove this book thinking about the relationship between bedtime stories, lullabies, and sweet dreams. Weaving the book reminded me of the cloth books children get when they are still too young for board books. The cover was handwoven on a frame loom, while the pages were woven on a table loom. Both were embroidered once the pieces were joined.
About the artist:
Kelsey George is a fiber artist and book lover living in Santa Barbara, California. She has been working in libraries for six years and has been weaving for four.