On November 14th, 2018, I started folding 1200 birds for Paper Mountain. Well I actually started earlier, but all the birds I folded before then didn’t make the cut. I was testing out papers, and didn’t find the right combination of size and weight until the middle of November. So from mid November until February 12th, I folded birds every single day without fail (except for 3 days spent painting at a workshop). In this video, I am folding the last of the 1200 birds. As soon as I folded that last bird, I felt a tinge of nostalgia. I really enjoyed my daily folding (typically 1-2 hours per day).
From March 9-14, I’ll be installing Paper Mountain and Sky Project at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in Charlotte, NC. The exhibit opens on March 15th. I’m still raising money to make this project happen, and I’d love it if you would contribute and be a part of this big undertaking. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to the project!
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Note: The video is sped up 2x and it’s set to Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket, A-Tasket.”
I’ve been folding paper since I was a child. It has always been a mindful activity that brings me peace. Today is world kindness day, so I want to share peace and kindness with you as I fold this crane.
My heart breaks each time I hear the news these days, and as an artist, we sometimes question the validity of what we do in times of crisis. But after years of thinking about this, I know that what artists do is essential to humankind. We open up conversations and connections between people who may never meet. And today in a small quiet way, I am sending peace, love, and kindness to the world. Paper folding is a prayer for peace.
This week’s ten cranes. The total is 211.
10 more tiny cranes to add to the collection. The current tally is 201.
I found some tiny sheets of very pretty paper today. Happiness! So here are 10 more cranes to add to the bunch. 191 total now
Ten cranes closer to 1000. The crane total is now 181.
It was nice to shut off my brain and just repeat the same motions over and over to make my 10 cranes today. The tally is 171.
11 more cranes on the way to 1000… The tally is 161.
10 more cranes- The tally is 150!
For today’s project, I made a box for the 50x50x50 series. Making it in origami and using a thick watercolor paper allowed me to make the box with good structure, and without using any adhesives.
Each group of 10 watercolors is bound with a red embroidery thread.