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Putting the Oculus Together

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Putting the Oculus Together

(VIDEO IS AT THE BOTTOM) When I left my suitcase full of cranes with baggage check-in at the Boston Logan Airport, I wasn't sure what would happen to it. I had put a neon green band around it and added a TSA approved lock for good measure, and I hoped that if TSA opened the case that they would be careful and read the note about the contents of the case before taking everything apart. I had faith that with all these precautions everything would be okay and that I'd see the case in one piece in Dubai.  After saying bye...

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Oculus Creative Process

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Oculus Creative Process

(VIDEO IS AT THE BOTTOM) The design for this light fixture originally began with a sketch and rendering from the Rockwell Group in New York. It’s called The Oculus, and I remember thinking it looked like an eye the first time I saw the rendering. In the sketch it’s hard to tell what is hanging from the fixture, but Tom and Nik knew they were supposed to be origami cranes of some sort. So Tom and Nik had to find a suitable source of colorful origami cranes for the light fixture. The first idea was to use plastic cranes in all different...

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The Bygone

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The Bygone

Back in the winter of 2017, I got a message from a set decorator - she wanted one of my paper crane mobiles for a set, and the movie was already in the process of being filmed.   She needed this mobile urgently and I had less than 3 days to make it and get it to her. The colors for the mobile were to match the colors of a character's bedroom that had a pink and rose colored bedspread, and a variety of light greenish blue decorations. Once the mobile was completed, it was shipped straight to the movie set in Oklahoma. Since I literally had 24 hours to make...

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The Secret Abu Dhabi Project

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The Secret Abu Dhabi Project

Back in May of this year I got a message asking how much money I might charge to fold a massive amount of paper cranes, and how long it might take me.  I sent a quote and didn't think much of it at the time.  Soon after I was in full negotiations with a lighting design company in Dubai called TrueLux.   TrueLux had been commissioned to design a light fixture for a new mall in Abu Dhabi - The Galleria Mall Al Maryah Island. They requested a sample of clear colored paper cranes in the four colors I had, and while that was traveling...

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Folding On The Go

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Folding On The Go

Someone recently asked me a question about how I fold on the go. It's something I've wanted to write about, but actually receiving that question is what finally got me to sit down and type this up. Waiting around for anything is a waste of time in my opinion, so I always take work with me to keep me busy. Most of the time I just take a project case and some paper with me, but when the folding requires a flat surface, or I'm using any paper larger than 6 inch squares, then a few other things are taken along....

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