Dreamtime creations are designed for soul-ful self expression, through connection with nature and spirit.
Dreamtime clothing and art is created in the San Francisco bay area, California, and in Bali, Indonesia . We use fair labour practices and adhere to planet and people friendly production ideals.
Design influences include the patterns found in nature, and respect for the indigenous peoples of earth and their tribal art.
Another influence being our modern day festival culture, which has its idealistic roots in the back-to-the earth movement; and a quest for spiritual fulfillment and community building. Many of the items here were conceived with the traveller in mind and heart: versatility, durability, freedom of movement and utility on the dancefloor or the streets.
(Pictured, Garrett: designer)
The name Dreamtime2013, is derived from:
Firstly, the dreamtime; for aboriginal australians, native americans and other indigenous peoples of the world, is the mythical time when the gods walked the planet and created its features, such as rivers, mountains, forest, desert and oceans.
It was a time when our ancestors lived in balance and harmony with the forces of nature, enjoying the earth in all its abundance.
Secondly; the year 2013 will be the first that we shall experience after the climax of the Mayan calendar. The Ancient Mayans authored a 5000 year long calendar, very complex and exact, with precise calculations and notations of astrological phenomena, (which must have taken thousands of years of observation to deduce.) This calendar ends and has no other dates after one day, which in our Gregorian calendar is, December 21st, 2012.
There is much speculation as to what 'shift' may be taking place at that time, the end of 2012. I am speculating that the year 2013 will bring about 'a new dreamtime', where we learn to live again in the balance we once had, sustainably and with abundance for all.
(Pictured, Dreamtime at Monterrey Pop)
Some images printed on the clothing have been 'sampled' (or derived) from old photographs from the public domain. The Wisham and Yakima prints are derived from sampling images by Edward S Curtis (1868-1952). We have great reverence for the subjects of the original photographs, and all of the indigenous people of this land and our planet. Also, great respect for mr. Curtis and his work. The prints are made to show the power, dignity and beauty of a tribe of people living off the land, in balance with it. Reproducing their likeness brings the memory of our collective history and forgotten wisdom to the fore. Wearing the image is a show of solidarity with them and their vanishing culture and way of life. Respect.
'Playa' print is taken from a photo shot of the desert floor in summertime, Black Rock desert in Nevada. Tattoo print was drawn by Garrett while in New Zealand, and under the spell and influence of Maori art. The koru is another recurring theme in the applique work done on the 'island shirts'.
Screenprinting on our shirts is done in the old-school way, one by one, using a silkscreen, squeegee and 'fanci' ink. This kind of ink contains no latex, is thin, and saturates the fabric, rather than sitting on the surface of it.
(Pictured, Garrett making design for batik)
We source the finest quality cotton and canvas, which comes from Java. The material comes with an assurance of earth- friendliness and fairly treated and paid workers in farms and factories of Bandung, but unfortunately without an Organic certification. Attempts to source organic cotton in Bali have not yet come to fruition. Therefore, newly sourced organic cotton grown and made in the USA is planned for of a portion of the items on this site in 2009, which will be produced here in the San Francisco bay area.
(Pictured, stitching crew)
Dreamtime creations are happy to be using Fair Labour practices. The stitching crew, pictured here, includes 2 tailor/ pattern makers and 3 staff who work the sewing machines. Made, who owns his factory, is a personal friend and collaborator since 2001. He is independently contracted by dreamtime to help produce the clothing. We make sure that everyone is well paid, and content at work. It is a casual, family environment.
Dreamtime has been produced, since the year 2000... by myself, Garrett Stuessy, and my collaborators. Of which there are many, but most notably are the very talented artists who bring my ideas and original drawings to life. In airbrush, mas Munir. and in batik, Atdi P.
(Pictured, production crew)
The batik process involves waxing and dyeing fabric, before fixing and boiling (to take off the wax). Wax lines are painted with a lot of care and skill; the process is called 'chanting'. A copper chanting tool, like a pen, is moved across the fabric with consistency of pressure and speed (to avoid lumps of wax). The wax dries, and next the fabric is laid horizontal for the dye to be applied with small brushes and sponges... like a painting. The colour dye cannot cross the wax lines. At times it resembles stained glass. When the wax comes off it leaves behind the white lines which you can see in the batik. At the studio we take care to make sure all liquids are disposed of properly; either recycled, or the used colours are evaporated and do not end up in waterways or groundwater. Each of the mandalas is drawn, waxed and painted by hand, one by one with much attention to detail.
(Pictured, Garrett at the voov festival, germany)
My roots are in the UK, where I was raised; though I was born and now live in the states. I always had a wanderlust, and set off to see and experience the world at age 18. Other than traveling, I also studied art, photography and then anthropology at university. I arrived in San Francisco in the mid nineties, and found an energized, creative community thriving there. The gatherings and music of the time swept me up on their magic carpet and off to Burning Man and following eclipses in far off lands. I ended up dancing under the stars to psychedelic trance worldwide. Later I would decorate the dancefloors at festivals, and travel also as a DJ of groovy beats and ambient music, playing at chill spaces and on alternative dancefloors...
After a season in Goa, at the turn of the millennium, I went to Bali in the spring of 2000 and started to make art. I worked in batik, designed backdrops and prints for shirts. The first creations appeared like a dream, of another time. (See the 'aquarium' tapestry in the gallery, that was the first one). I helped to create the clothing label 'Flow' with my partner of the same name! By 2004 I was working on my own, and made dreamtime into a clothing label, making styles for the festival scene of the time.
The clothing has slowly evolved since then. Growing to reflect a shift in taste of music and to a more earthy feel. Now they are infused with a passion for the protection of our planet, and cultural survival. Moving forward, the next goal is to establish Dreamtime as a Fair Trade business. I am now living in Santa Cruz with my partner Kaori, and this year we are expecting our first babe to arrive...!
(Pictured, Garrett & Kaori at 'Prepare for the Playa')