First Crane

I went to Kinokuniya in Sydney today (my bank account is so happy this store is not in Melbourne) and I bought a little set of origami papers specifically for making a thousand paper cranes. The paper is small - 7.5cm x 7.5cm (just shy of 3" x 3"). The box has a rainbow of colours in it. I've had a few practice runs on bigger sheets but this is where it starts...

A perspective of size - an Australian 5 cent piece - about the size of an American nickel.

Thousand Paper Crane Project

I can't explain it really, but when I was in Japan in December 2015, I got it in my head that I wanted to fold a thousand paper cranes.

In ancient Japan, it was said that anyone who had the patience to fold a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish by the crane. Other legend is it brings good luck, good health or long life. 

Those who know me, know I have the patience of hungry, grumpy toddler.

But this idea - this need - has stuck in my head for over a month now, and I don't know why, but I'm drawn to do this.

I won't upload a photo of every crane but I thought from time to time I could upload some photos and tell you how I am going. I hope this project teaches me patience but also perhaps leads me to the next artistic adventure.