The newest design slated to be added to the Dragonflight Dreams shop repertoire:
If I think about a feather as an important mythological element, two things come to mind. The first is Egyptian mythology, where the hearts of the dead were weighed against a feather on the scales of justice to judge their worthiness. If the heart was lighter than the feather, it meant it was free of sin and the person could then enter the afterlife.
The other is from Russian folklore. In many tales, the glowing feather of a firebird is what sparks an epic quest, because a king or whoever sees it and demands that the live bird be captured and brought to him. Sometimes the feather itself is the treasure, rather than the bird. Sometimes it is bad luck, sometimes a sign of hope. But all of the tales agree that the firebird is beautiful, and so too the feathers.
And then there are the dozens of stories out there where feathers themselves are magical – granting wishes, teleporting, calling in a favor from the creature it came from.
This is all on top of the most obvious symbology of a feather – flight, and the freedom that comes with it. Since I have a fixation on the idea of flying (that would totally be my superpower if I could choose), it’s no surprise that a fondness for feathers isn’t far behind, fueled even more by hearing stories like the above growing up. This design is my take on all of that. It’s fanciful, yet clearly a feather, and the swirls and points fit in with my other designs. The screen is already made and now I just need to get down to printing. And then photographing… and then listing. A shop owner’s work is never done. 🙂
What’s your favorite myth or story about feathers?
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