Shawn was playing with expressive type using forms found in nature. He was to take a word or phrase and create something using different letter forms. Shawn really enjoys Blackletter forms, but the Gothic look was too fierce, which was not really the feeling he was going for. In the end he used a balanced out the heaviness of the Blackletter with wispy feather stems to create this final piece.
Typography 3, YSDN