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The Bygone

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The Bygone

The Bygone is out and my mobile made a spectacular appearance in the film sometime between minutes 57and 62! The scene is magical with the music box playing "All The Pretty Horses," and all the dynamic shots of the mobile as Kip (Graham Phillips) looks for clues in Waniya's room (Sydney Schafer). The film is beautifully made, and you can feel how the story has a special meaning to the Phillips brothers as you watch it. You can get it on DVD or BluRay on Amazon now and see it too!   The excitement started back in the winter of 2017, when I got a message from...

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How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

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How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

How I Got Started Making Mobiles: History of Origami and My Introduction to Origami and Mobiles Origami is often defined as the art of folding paper to create three-dimensional figures of animals, people, objects, and shapes. The Japanese word “origami” is a combination of the verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper).  My dad taught me how to fold a paper boat when I was 6, and I remember playing with my paper boats in the glorious puddle that formed in front of our home after every rainstorm. I didn't realize at the time that this was my first experience...

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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 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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