a time to reflect, a time to soar
“The gesture of the figure and the bird communicates forward movement... being uplifted, moving onward; a release of hopes, dreams and spirit; of new beginnings and of endings; in celebration of a life... or in anticipation of a life together. This piece could be a way to express best wishes to someone who is taking a new path in life; on a road to recovery from illness or toward self-improvement... A hopeful symbol of peace for military families awaiting the return of their solders... An expression of sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one. The sentiment refers to the song Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger in 1959, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the song, there’s a contrast in each example...‘A time to be born/die, plant/reap, laugh/weep’ and so on. I like the lyrical, repetitive nature of the phrasing. At significant milestones, we often pause and reflect before moving forward, so ‘a time to reflect, a time to soar’ seemed like a nice expression for this piece. —Susan Lordi
A gift for graduates or to celebrate special accomplishments…to encourage, support and acknowledge individual strength.
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5”h hand-painted resin figure Packaging box includes enclosure card for gift-giving Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.
Our Story
Willow Tree sculptural art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both giver and receiver.
The Artist

Susan Lordi

Susan Lordi has a keen observation of the human form. Inspired by dance, art history, nature, and personal experiences with family and friends, Susan uses figurative sculpture to reflect our relationship with people and the world around us. In additi on to working in sculpture, Susan has spent years making art with cloth. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design and her fiber art has been exhibited internationally. A monograph of her art textiles has been published in the Portfolio Colle ctionby Telos Art Publishing and she is featured in the book Art Textiles of the World: USA.

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  • Northampton

    Posted by Sarah on Aug 1st 2014

    My husband surprised me with the willow tree figure "Soar, a time to reflect, a time to soar" after reaching my first weight loss goal of 20 kilos. I have battled weight and low self confidence for many years. This year I did something for me and started a weight loss journey. He chose this piece to encourage me in my achievements so far and to support me as I continue this journey. It was the perfect gift and the perfect time.

  • Toronto, Canada (Shenzhen China)

    Posted by Janet carter on Aug 13th 2013

    I have just flown to visit my friend in the the Orkney lslands in Scotland, from my home in South Wales; we have not seen each other for nearly 40 years. l was her bridesmaid and she was mine. We first met when l was 7 and and she was eight and have kept in contact. On my visit l noticed all her beautiful Willow Tree figures and we decided to buy the Sisters at Heart to represent our feelings of our long friendship. She has kept one in the Orkneys and l have brought the other one one home, and hopefully when we meet up again one day we are going to exchange them. Through the two little figurines, although they are parted, we hope that one day they will be joined together again as one.

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