Monday, June 16, 2008

HZ-12: Nightmares & Dreamscapes

The theme for HZ-12 was Nightmares and Dreamscapes. For those who don't know, the HOWiezine is a limited edition, handmade collaborative book project created by HOW forum members, also known as HOWies. There is a theme and participants create two pages based on their interpretation of that theme. Only the participants are guaranteed a copy of the book, which makes it all the more special.

I had a few options (recurrent dream-wise) this time around, but after some thought I knew what I wanted to do. I created the pages using a collage with a acrylic paint overlay to get the effect I desired. Then the scanned the images and brought them into illustrator to add the type. Underneath each photo you can read the type, which gives the explanation into the dreams that inspired the images.

Six years later, there's a nightmare I haven't forgot. One time I had a nightmare where I looked out the front windo and saw a small fire burning on the front lawn. Afraid it was going to spread I threw on my old sneakers and ran out the door with a pail of water. Put it out. A few minutes later there was yet another out there and after I put that one out I just stared at the spot sizzling on the ground. After I had the nightmare I found out that dreaming of fire is generally seen as an omen of impending trouble. To observe a house or building that is on fire forecasts an urgent appeal for help from a close friend or relative. To dream of putting out a fire or escaping from one predicts ultimate success over all obstacles. A dream of setting fire to a house, building, or anything of value is telling you to control your temper or be prepared for serious consequences. A roaring fire (contained in a grate) signifies new hope after a time of discouragement.

Some dreams are so real you feel part of them even after you're awake. Shortly after my Dad died, I had this dream where I was outside walking around my house during the winter. When I turned the corner into the backyard, I suddenly was face to face with a white owl. It was quiet, almost noble looking. I remember feeling calm as it turned it's head and looked me square in the eye. A breeze came along and ruffled the feathers under his chin. This is the image that stands out in my mind. According to Indian customs, a dream featuring a white owl is considered a companion of the goddess of wealth and therefore a harbinger of prosperity. Many sources also claim that white owls signify wisdom and clarity.

I applied a feather to each of the owl pages to bring a sense of movement to the page, and recreate that moment of the dream. In addition to my pages, I also made a funky little bookmark to be passed on to all the participants. Each was cut in a different haphazard manner, so they had a bit of a unfinished flair to them. All my work for the Howiezine is now available for purchase online, in the HZ Gallery.