Follow your dreams, They know the way.
- Kobi Yamada
Created by Julia Gomelsky
I began my career in the visual arts in 2000, when I graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Industrial Design and started my first job at Yahoo. True to my eclectic nature, I took on a number of creative roles over the ensuing decade, including web designer, illustrator, artist, photographer, doll enthusiast (another story!) and most recently, a maker of dreamcatchers. In 2013, I took a leap of faith and started my own freelance web and graphic design business. I love designing in any form and am drawn to projects that allow me to use a range of mediums, from photography to Photoshop. In 2016, I took a trip to Ojai with my sister. Shortly after coming home, I was inspired to make my first dreamcatcher and I have continued making them ever since. They've evolved over the two years since I started — many are custom made with gemstones picked specifically for the buyer.
The dreamcatchers come in four sizes (from XS, 4" to Large, 14") using materials sourced from craft shops (including feathers, beads and faux suede cord). I pick out the perfect gemstones on my trips to the annual gem shows in Tucson, Ariz., including amazonite, lapis lazuli, agate, rose quartz, jasper and anything else that catches my eye. I find the wooden sticks locally on hikes through LA’s canyons and parks. At home, I wash and dry them thoroughly before saging them and adding them to the dreamcatchers (though not all dreamcatchers have sticks). Lastly, I set intentions for each piece and sage it again so it’s ready for its new home. I am most proud of creating pieces as unique as each buyer. People often tell me they've never seen anything like my dreamcatchers and that puts a smile on my face.
More Art by Julia Gomelsky:
Two fun-loving dolls obsessed with boxed wine, men and photo opportunities around the world.
Custom illustrated gifts for you, your partner, your friends, your parents, your pets and more – for any occasion.
Professional work by Julia Gomelsky, including web/graphic design, logo design, look books, websites and everything in between.