The Dream Net is made by hand using lobster nets, bait bags, shells and other items washed in by the tides and collected on the beaches, islands, and shorelines of Sagadahoc County in Maine. It is based on the legend the “Dream Catcher” of Native American folk culture which states, “Native Americans of the Great Plains believe that the air is filled with both good and bad dreams. Dream catchers were hung in the tipi or lodge and on a baby’s cradle board so that good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn.”
The Maine coast seems an appropriate setting for dream catchers since it is the first state in America to see the rising sun. It is written that American Indians of the northeast referred to this region as “the land of the dawn” or “dawn land”.
It has also been written that the dream catcher symbolizes the spirit of the spider as it spins its web of life. By coincidence it is known that the spider is a distant cousin or close relative to lobsters and crabs.
Nets and knots have been used by many cultures around the world. Nets are used on both land and sea to capture and hold wild game for food essential to human survival. Knots are tools used around the world and are popular among many cultures including Chinese, Andean and Celtic. The nets and knots of the Dream Net are meant to symbolize sustainable harvest, food for thought, and the unity of all people as we are tied together by the thread of humanity.
It is hoped that this creation will instill a deeper, richer and truer “American Dream” based on love, respect and harmony with nature. May it inspire good dreams and reflect a feeling of peace that extends from the small town of Phippsburg on the coast of Maine to the human spirit around the world.
Bait bag bracelets and necklaces are made from recycled bait bags and lobster nets found on the shorelines of Seawall and Popham Beaches in Phippsburg Maine. They can be given to a friend, partner, or family member as a symbol of our affection, appreciation, and love for that person. Celtic by design, the knots are meant to symbolize the endless flow of love with no beginning or end. These knots are the ties that bind us together, the roots that help our love grow.