If you haven’t noticed before, origami has always fascinated me (sometimes more so than others), and after reading about what some people have done with origami, I want to try a project of my own.
Many of the projects I’ve read about have been pretty long term, (at least a year long) and I’m not sure if I would be able to finish them, especially with school. Then again, there’s absolutely no time limit, and either way, I’ll still be folding origami and givingit to people.
Inspiration (in no particular order):
- Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes — folding 1000 origami cranes and releasing them “into the wild” in random places around the world with the hope of brightening someone’s day. A positive word and a link to their website is written on each crane, and crane #506 was just released a few weeks ago. Started: June 2010.
- Everything Origami— an Etsy shop with a website that donates all profits to charity. The title speaks for itself. A friend originally showed me this shop, saying that his friend started it (the word “friend” used loosely in both cases) To say the least, I was pretty amazed at the items in the shop and the fact that this girl was only a few years older than me, and it made me want to start a shop of my own. Started: July 2011.
- 89 Acts of Kindness— Doing 89 random acts of kindness for strangers in memory of Samantha Mann’s grandmother. Related in no way to origami, but the story behind this project is inspiring yet simple, and it makes you wonder why most people don’t do stuff like this on a regular basis. Started: March 2013
- Cranes for Cancer— Instead of simply folding 1000 cranes for a cause, this blog/organization is sending 1000 cranes (also called a senbazuru) to any cancer patient who needs the support. To date, more than 20 senbazurus (that’s 20,000 origami cranes) have been sent to various cancer patients around the world. This is an extremely large-scale mission, but people from all around the world have contributed cranes to this project. Started: ~1995
- A Thousand Quilted Cranes–Not origami either, but inspired by the Japanese legend of folding 1000 cranes. The project starter (I can’t find her name) aims to sew a crane block every day, dedicating each square to someone who has had an impact on her life. Here’s today’s block. (number 116) Started: February 2013
- Everyone who has ever tried to convince me to do something with my origami. (Yes, all of you)
So what do I plan on actually doing? I’m not completely sure yet, but all these projects and people have given me a basic idea.
…There. I’ve said this idea to the world. Now I actually have to follow through with it :P