Bring on the latest collaboration between Jolie Buchanan and Christy Birmingham! I am so pleased with this mixed-media project as it is uplifting for both Jolie’s artwork and my poem.
We started this project a few months ago and are happy to reveal the result today. It all began with artist Jolie. She cleverly used homemade paper (made from recycled white office paper), a carved linoleum block of a stenciled bird, a hand printer press onto watercolor, Photoshop and …. Wowowowow, and she crafted the resulting image below! Obviously the process was a lot more complex than I explained here but if you’re curious about it be sure to ask Jolie. Her contact details are at the end of the post.
After I had received her image by email, I was happy to use it as inspiration for a poem.
Immediately I knew that I wanted to talk about the dove in a way that would be as fresh at the bold colors surrounding it. My goal was to apply bird-like characteristics to a human figure as a twist on the theme of growth and emotional freedom. I wrote the first draft of “Flight Path” without making any changes, until I got to the end. It didn’t seem quite finished though, so I put it aside for a few days. Then I brought back the poem to my computer screen and added the last line. It was then that I felt it was complete.
We hope you enjoy the project “Flight Path” and have a great day!
~Christy and Jolie
Fly with grace, I know you can, and
Wave your magical wand toward the moon
To light up your flight path.
You are more than your drenched feathers.
Fears are not the sum of your parts, and
Embarrassment won’t stop a nest from
Its ability to be rebuilt.
You are meant to fly, I know you can, and
It is the moment when you turn can into will
That I will savor the most.
All you need to begin your journey is a
Gentle push –
Now here you are in front of me and
Here is the beginning of your flight path.
Get ready to be extraordinary.
©2014 Christy Birmingham
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