WILMINGTON — Katie Brewer is making crafts that’ll catch not only your eye, but your dreams.
While Brewer has been making dreamcatchers for several years now, she’s been collecting them since she was little.
“I had tons of them, they were all over my walls,” said Brewer. “I just think they’re really beautiful. They’re definitely a piece of art. I love that they’re handmade and it’s not something you can find everywhere.”
Believed to have originated with the Ojibwe people, dreamcatchers were created as a way to filter the good dreams from the bad dreams while one sleeps. When the sun rises, it makes the bad dreams disappear.
It was about four years ago she bought a kit and found out how to make them.
Once she started making them on her own, her new side project was born. She started going to flea markets and local craft shows. Her first outings were not what she wanted.
“My first shows bombed,” she said. “But after a while, with Facebook, my friends, and just talking about it, it started to pick up.”
Her big break was the Yellow Springs Spring Fair. Since then she’s been selling her dreamcatchers under the banner of KT Crafts. Now, she’s been busy in the summers, even taking requests for customized orders.
While Brewer will continue to do this as a side project, she doesn’t think it’ll be her “main thing.” She’s in Wright State University’s graduate program learning about rhetoric and writing.
“Teaching is my passion, but I will continue this and try to get it in more stores,” she said.
Brewer has a schedule lined up for the summer. Her first show is at the Yellow Springs Street Fair between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 10. She then moves on to the Washington Court House Toast to Summer from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 24.
In July, she’ll be at the Centerville Americana Festival between 10 am. and 4 p.m. on the 4th, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Hocking Hills Hippie Fest on the 22nd and 23rd.
She has two shows in the fall with Lebanon’s Applefest on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Spring Valley Potato Festival on Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574