Origami Cranes

June 08, 2011, 08:30 am  Posted by Lark

Imagine the craft of origami, and chances are your mind will immediately jump (or fly!) to the quintessential paper crane. For thousands of years the Japanese have celebrated the crane as a symbol of loyalty and honor. A majestic, beautiful bird, the crane mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner. Over time the crane symbolism has grown into a general intention of good luck, reason enough to inspire people to craft up many a crane in paper and bestow them as gifts.

To view all of these images large with links to their respective artists, keep reading the full article below.

Ancient Japanese legend has it that folding 1000 paper cranes will invite a crane to appear and grant one single wish. This creation of one thousand paper cranes, also known as senbazuru, has since evolved into an offering, traditionally given as a wedding gift, bestowing a wish of a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. They can also be gifted to a new baby for a long life and good luck. This celebrated tradition originally appeared in a book from the late 1700s called Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (translated as Secret to Folding One Thousand Cranes) and continues enthusiastically today. Experiencing renewed interest after the recent earthquake devastation in Japan, many have been lovingly creating their own chains of a thousands paper cranes for fundraising benefits and gifts of intention to assist the affected. Learn more about senbazuru at the wonderful Senbazuru site, where you’ll get more about the history and  helpful how-to instructions to make your own 1000 paper cranes.

One quick spin around Etsy, and it’s easy to see that many crafters and artists across various media have been inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the elegantly folded paper crane. Keep reading the rest of this post to peruse some of these works that I fond particularly interesting (with links to their shops!), and perhaps be inspired to create your own creative homage to the crane …

Porsie: Red Origami Cranes

Visit Porsie’s Etsy Shop

Made by Jo: Chiyogami Print Origami Cranes

Visit Made By Jo’s Etsy Shop

Twin Ravens Press: Letterpress Printed Origami Crane Cards

Visit Twin Ravens Press Etsy Shop

Alison Tyne: Flying (Fine Art Print)

Visit Alison Tyne’s Etsy Shop

Hello Amor: Swept Away Origami Crane Earring Studs

Visit Hello Amor’s Etsy Shop

Nine Volt Heart: 1000 Origami Paper Cranes

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11 Responses

    Beth says:

    thanks for the intriguing background info on cranes–both paper and feathered alike! such a beautiful post.

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