the dawn in her eyes

The Unseen Collection
Warp: hand painted Egyptian cotton
Weft: hand painted reeled silk in shades of gold, pink and rose
Size 5+ (about 430 cm x 71 cm STIH)
About 300 g / m2
Blunt ends 
Woven in a fancy twill with faux crackle elements
Plainweave selvedges
Simple tactile middle markers

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All the wraps from the Unseen collection have a common theme of stories, fairytales,
of wishing for something better - and the world of imagination in general. The theme of the warp can be found here. 

“Yes: I am a dreamer.
For a dreamer is one who can
 only find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is
that he sees the dawn
before the rest of the world.”


― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

What is a dreamer?

This Oscar Wilde quote made me stop and wonder about its words for a long time.

It’s not an easy quote. It is beautiful. And a bit haunting. And it carries deep, profound wisdom.

This wrap was woven as a semi-custom piece to a mother who told me she is first and foremost a dreamer. Someone who not only dreams by night but in broad daylight; someone who’s mind carries wonderful visions, possibilities; someone who longs for something more, something bigger, grander, more beautiful - someone who has the ability to imagine it all.

It’s a rare quality. I believe many of us are born that way, but equally many lose the skill somewhere along the way. We come to see dreams as something… extra. An indulgence, or silliness, or vanity; something that’s not what serious grown ups do. The world teaches us to stop dreaming and get serious with life, and too many of us believe it.

Some of us, however, keep the dreamer in their hearts; some stay dreamers, some still know how to find their way by moonlight. They’re rare, and they’re absolutely necessary for this world. “Some of us are born star chasers”, writes Conny Cernik. “Off this world, sweet lavish dreamers.


Dreamers are needed. They’re absolutely irreplaceable - because they are so rare. This was the question that stopped me and haunted me in the Wilde quotation. Why are they so rare? And why are they so important?

Wilde writes that “a dreamer can only find his way by moonlight”. What does that mean? The way my heart understands is that a dreamer sees something others can’t see. She sees something that is in an another world, “by moonlight”; she is awake when others are sleeping, she understands something others don’t grasp. Dreamers see things that don’t yet exist. Isn’t that the very essence of dreaming? To see things that are not yet seen to the eye - and to believe in them so strongly that you won’t give them up. Dreamers find new ways in their own moonlight; they see possibilities, they see the good that needs to be reached, they see the grand and beautiful and worthy even if others don’t see it and they know how to find the way there. The way is by dreaming. You cannot get to the grand and beautiful if you don’t know how to dream. There has always, always been a dream first. Only then new things can be born.

You see, to be able to dream is to be able to hope. The essence of dreams is hope - the stubborn and relentless belief that good things are possible - even when the world doesn’t look like it. And that is why dreamers are needed. They still hope! And their dreaming can take them there. Their dreams help to bring the good alive; hopes become reality of someone knows how to dream long enough.
 

The world needs dreamers, because the world needs hope. Dreamers find their way to the dawn, to the new rising day, to new light. But you must go trough moonlight to get there; trough the world of dreams where things are still more visions and wishes than reality.

What was first strange in Wilde’s words was how he said that the punishment of a dreamer is that she sees the dawn before the rest of the world. How is that a punishment? Isn’t it the victory?

I found an interpretation, though, that was profound and deep - and true. It’s not always easy to be a dreamer. The world needs dreamers but won’t always admit it. The grown ups who’ve forgotten how to dream are the Peter Pans who grew up and forgot how to fly. The world that has given up on dreaming might not understand the dreamer.

Maybe sometimes the dreamer feels that she’s alone. Maybe she sees the dawn - but no-one else sees the same. Or it might feel that no-one else does, until she finds an another dreamer who has the ability to see. It might be lonely sometimes to be a dreamer. To see and to understand and to feel things others don’t see or understand or feel; there might be a beauty you just cannot share because others are blind.

The dreamers, however, can teach others to see. They can hold on to hope and their dreams so vigorously that others become curious - and it might be that the scales fall from their eyes and they are waken to a new dawn too…

And then this world might change.
Enough hearts who know how to dream might change this world.
Just imagine - if all of us learned to dream, to hope, instead of harbouring hate and anger…
We would find our way to the dawn, together.

And that is why dreamers are needed. That is why your dreaming heart is so rare, so unimaginably important, and so beautiful. And that’s why this wrap is called “The Dawn In Her Eyes”; to celebrate your ability to dream, to hope, and to see the dawn. My wish and my prayer is that this dawn would be reflected from your eyes to others in this world, so that they might see it too.
 

I wish, too, that this wrap could be a place for dreaming for you and your little ones. That there, safe close to you, they might learn even more of the skill of dreaming, that their small souls could bravely walk in the land of moonlight to every new dawn, to every new rising day.