Blog — Creative Process

How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

How The Timeless Crane Began and Where It's Going

This post may include affiliate links. 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...

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Putting the Oculus Together

Putting the Oculus Together

This post may include affiliate links.   (VIDEO IS AT THE BOTTOM) When I left my bulging IT 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 strap 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...

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Oculus Creative Process

Oculus Creative Process

This post may include affiliate links. (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...

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The Secret Abu Dhabi Project

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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