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foldedcranes (or, what is in a name?)

Probably everyone has some kind of story about how they came to be called something.

Sometime early on in our relationship, over Mee Goreng at Chummeez I taught CIA how to fold a paper crane. It’s something I taught myself at some long ago stage of my life, and something that is really therapeutic (one day maybe we’ll post a video?). What used to be a hobby has gradually become a little obsessive. We’ve folded hundreds now, and there is something wonderful about the reaction that people have to creased paper.

When we arrived in the Netherlands, we were walking along Noordeinde, Den Haag and found an amazing paper shop. We immediately purchased (in our hilarious Nederlands) some beautiful origami paper. We each folded a crane every day, as we adjusted to the new way of life, in a new country.

It became something of a ritual, and when our Japanese friend visited us, she was very impressed. So much so, that when she returned to Leiden from a trip home she brought back as a gift some even more beautiful Japanese origami paper. If you have not tried folding the real thing, I can really recommend it.

We have many cranes now, and we think that they look particularly good en masse, in the grass.

The cranes have really come to represent us, in so many ways. They are not as fragile as they look, but they are elegant, graceful and always colourful.

Our garden is also looking particularly nice, as summer starts to make its presence felt, and the cranes seemed right at home.

At our wedding, the cranes became our wedding favours – a gift of time and care – something that stands for us. More on this, in due course.

When it came to naming our blog, in the end, what else could it have been, but foldedcranes?


Photos by CIA and PJD, this evening, in the garden.

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  1. I took some lovely photos of origami at the Origami Convention in England last year. I wrote about it here in my other blog:世界折纸日/

    I also made this football:英国传统义卖的东方情/ — I made these for the school fayre.

    Like you, I’ve got lots of cranes everywhere in the house. Beautiful!

    June 6, 2012
    • Hi Janet,

      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your beautiful origami with us too! Love the look of your creations. And, Origami Convention, awesome! We should totally get along to something like that in the future too – but we will have to work on some of our other creations before that for sure!

      Last year we went to an incredible exhibition of origami creations by Akira Yoshizawa, Grand Master of Origami. It was quite amazing, to see what can be created out of a humble piece of paper!

      It’s nice to know that cranes also bring others daily joy.

      Thanks very much for sharing, and we hope you will keep enjoying!

      June 8, 2012
  2. That paper is beautiful, compliments the origami so perfectly. I can imagine that it could be a therapeutic exercise.

    June 6, 2012
    • Hi Liz,

      Thanks, we are so lucky to get to fold with this beautiful paper, we agree! Thanks for your comment and stopping by to read our posts!

      Have you done any origami before?

      June 8, 2012
      • Oh yes, but only the simple folds. I love doing it as projects with my kiddie-friends. It is such a fun craft, and so educational!

        June 8, 2012
      • Cool! We are by no means experts either! Anyway sometimes the simple folds can bring the most satisfaction with origami! However the exhibition we saw by a Grand Master of origami last year was particularly incredible, and really blew me away with what can be done with the more complicated approach! It really is an amazing art form. Glad to hear you enjoy it too!

        June 8, 2012
  3. What a great story 🙂 Folded cranes really are so beautiful.

    June 17, 2012
    • Cool, thanks for enjoying this post and a bit more about us!

      Have you seen many cranes in Japan? Or have you learnt/can you do much origami? We saw an exhibition last year by the Japanese grand master of origami – truly some amazing things can be done with paper!

      June 17, 2012
      • The kids at the kindergarten are constantly folding origami, not too many cranes, though. But I think a lot of people know how to make them. I’ve seen many live cranes however 😛

        I heard about that guy, I would love to see his work!

        June 18, 2012

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