Inspired by a poem written by my niece Carly, “Flight” brings to life a story of a young woman who has always had dreams of taking flight to another place.
Who can say what makes the soul take flight? A breath of wind can change a spirit's course. On wings we seek our dreams, our selves, That flesh and bone might take our truest form. There's a child born every now and then. With a yearning that flutters and darts. And all of the trappings and lures of this world. Can't capture her wildness of heart. She'd let her heart fly free and soar, If it grow a pair of wings. Though it would go, at least she'd know That it was free of earthbound dreams. She packs for a time she can't sense yet, Taking little to nothing at all. Her love is her freedom, her hope — the horizon And to follow its sirens call. To trilling notes she'd dance and float Her feet as fleet as birds uncaged; Her dream-flight dress rehearsal For the somedays that she craved From deep within, the skysong called: It was Piper to her cage'd will. And though her feet were rooted deep, Her hopeful spirit rallied still. And so it happened, on a twilit ramble, Watching violets ink across the sky, The music of the heavens filled her being. She flexed her wings, and fluttered into life. Darting against the deepening sky, Pursuing-at last-the vanishing gold, The youngling winged with rapture And gloried in it hundredfold. With twigs, with string, with bric-a-brac We build a nest we're bound to leave Errant feathers may be left behind, But brought along are the things unseen.
Thematically, it involves the struggles of good and evil in the reality of the young woman’s world. She grew up in nature’s world and had always put herself in many of the fairy tales she read as a child. As she matures she encounters the simplicity of nature and continues to yearn for other worlds
To help bring this theme to life, we hired Portland, Oregon, artist Geahk Burchill to design the head bust of the crow and wings. We discovered Geahk on Etsy, one of our favorite online spots for inspiration.
The wings are individually airbrushed with extreme attention to detail. He designed a special harness for our model to put on puts on; then, the wings are attached to give them a realistic shape.
Check back next week for part two of the Flight.