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Origami Paper Cranes

Hello creatives, fellow designers, and anyone reading this; today’s post is about a collaboration that I contributed to recently. A few weeks back a fellow artist I have collaborated with before reached out to me about contributing some art for a project called “Stop Violence Against Women” and I agreed because it felt like a wonderful cause to be involved with and create for.

In Japan, the act of folding 1,000 cranes has long been regarded as a means to have a wish or prayer granted. Strings of the stacked cranes are often seen hanging in shrines or other places to signify the prayer.

Why an Omaha girl folded 1,000 origami cranes for her trip to Japan; by Vicki L. Beyer

When thinking about the message I wanted to send in relation to this project I kept coming back to WWII and the image of the little girl who made 1000 paper cranes after the bombing of Hiroshima.

That little girl was Sadako Sasaki and she was only 2 years old when the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima happened and She lived another 10 years before the effects of the bombs took her life.

When she got sick she began to fold the 1000 paper cranes in the hospital because it was believed to grant the folder a wish. Since then the image of the paper cranes have become a symbol of peace but also healing throughout the world.

In order to create this piece I taught myself how to fold these beautiful birds before illustrating them because I love and appreciate the message that they have come to symbolize as well as send to the world.

Initially I started working on this piece for an Artmash prompt by procreate, the timing was kind of perfect because I was also working on this project so my first draft is the Artmash illustration you see here.

When working on the piece for the collection I then progressed to playing with the textures and tweaking but not changing the colors for the piece. This is the next draft of my final piece; in the end it felt to cluttered so I went back and continued tweaking.

After playing around with the placement and how many birds used this is where the piece ended up. In the end I felt like this was a better balance without feeling like it is overwhelming and cluttered.

In the end this piece was created for an important cause so to that end I wish all victims healing, I know that is not an easy thing to achieve and you deserve better than what you have suffered; but know that there are those of us who will always be there to support you.

As always thank you for taking the time to read 💙. Know that I appreciate you and wish you all the luck in the world on your creative endeavors.

Till next time, Happy Designing ❤️!

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