What is 1000 paper cranes?

I love making paper cranes, and each time I make one, I realise there's a story behind it. So my challenge is to make 1000 paper cranes over the coming days, weeks, months, (years?) and write about each one...

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Crane #684 - #703

Origami bombing made a return to Bristol this weekend. I'd got some large sheets of silver card from the scrapstore and decided to make some giant origami cranes. 20 cranes later, I was suddenly wondering what to do with them and eventually I decided to hang them up in a bunch of different places round Stokes Croft. This time, my willing accomplice was Chris from UpCycle, who willingly jumped over fences and climbed ladders for the sake of origami.

However, it turns out that giant origami cranes are a popular thing to steal. Before we'd even finished hanging up the first crane the first one had been nicked. And 2 days later, only 3 remain. I like to think that the other 17 are brightening up homes across Bristol though.

Here's a few photos before they got nicked...

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Crane #601 - #683

I've got a bit behind with all this blogging recently, so I thought I'd do a summary of my recent crane folding adventures.

First up was End of the Road festival. 50 cranes took up residence in a tree just next to the tent from where we were running our events. Here are a couple of photos. First a close up, and then my friend James modelling his finest festival attire (the only photo I have that gives the full effect).

Next up was my friend John's wedding. When given a piece of paper to play with, my fingers entertained themselves by making a crane or 4 (not pictures was the one my friend Jo took home).

Next up was a quick lesson teaching my friend Leanna how to make cranes. 4 cranes and some tea later, she was highly skilled in the art of crane folding.

And still it goes on. Since my friend Lizzie could not make it to see the origami crane tree, I made her a miniature version with 20 cranes on it.

I took this to her in London, and managed to add a few more to the tally while I was down there. First, I made one for a small child on the train who saw the miniature tree and was completely fascinated. And then I met up with Chris from Upcycle, with whom I'm planning another origami bombing mission. Talk of origami crane making naturally lead to a lesson in how to make one, and then a bit of a challenge to make some really tiny ones. Photo to follow when I get my film camera developed....

Phew. And that's that for now.