Remember dreamcatchers? So do we. Which is why we were over the moon when we found this grown up version of our summer camp staple by hot new label Handle Only With Love (HOWL). Each handmade, unique piece is meant to bring positive and symbolic energy to its owner through healing gemstones, charms, and mix of vintage and contemporary chain metals. ? And, they look super cute on.?
Each piece is designed by New York and Miami resident (and cutest hippie on the block)? Tini Courtney. ? An artist by trade, her designs are a form of wearable art, elevated by the fact that they have specific meanings and traces of crystal healing. ? With fans such as Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Juliette Lewis, and Edward Sharpe, its no wonder that they’ve already caught the eyes of Vogue.com and NYTimes Style Magazine. We chatted with Tini about who the HOWL girl is, how she got started designing, and what she does to stay inspired.
What inspired you to start designing dream catchers?
I mistakingly made a necklace that reminded me of a dream catcher and became obsessed. I rummaged through all of my old jewelry and used whatever i could get my hands on. I have always been fascinated with dream catchers and the powerful meaning behind them. There are so many elements from the Native American culture that i have become more aware of now that i have been making these pieces. Crystal healing and the use of stones in my necklaces is a main focus that is incorporate into all of these pieces. All of the treasures and stones are explained on the individual tags, leaving each necklace with a different purpose or intention.
What are 5 words that describe the HOWL girl?
cosmic, capricious, spirited, connected, fresh
I love this small dreamcatcher. what was the meaning behind it when you designed it?
I made a few pieces with Art Basel in mind, and that was one of them. I wanted to make something small that could be worn with anything. I encompassed a lot of treasures that i collected on my recent trip to New Mexico, lots of bright stones and trinkets that really made those pieces stand out. That one is perfect for you.
I really can wear it with anything! People are always noticing it. ? Other than treasure hunting and creating new dreamcatchers, what else do you do for fun??
Drawing, yoga, painting, styling, treasure hunting, henna. Anything to keep these hands busy.
Do you have any new years resolutions?
Staying focused on upcoming projects that you will be seeing very soon!