Saturday, January 16, 2016

Martin Luther King Day #Crafts - Fold an #Origami Peace Crane

The inspiration for this blog post is a community project I participated in back in 2002.  It was this project that sparked my passion for origami.  

I was working in North Adams, MA at the time.  I was Coordinator of the Student Diversity Team, which was a grant-funded initiative to advance the conversation about diversity at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).  Our high school partner was Drury High School.

It was a while ago, and I don't remember all the details, but I do remember that the activity led by the Student Diversity Team was part of a larger initiative associated with the city of North Adams.  In accordance with Dr. King's advocacy of racial harmony and nonviolence, we read the story of Sadako and her thousand paper cranes.   Then we made paper cranes with a wish for peace on the inside.

This is a link to a step by step tutorial on how to fold a paper crane.  

One of my students happened to be an origami aficionado, so he started making all different types of things out of the origami paper!  He even made a box!  That was what really got me going with origami.  Before  I knew it, I was online and at the library, learning form after form after form.  I loved origami!  This was the result - and these are just some of the forms I've folded.

I blogged about these origami forms in 2008.

If you would be interested in learning how to do more origami, please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me at artlikebread (at) gmail (dot) com.  As always, thanks for reading the blog!  Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below.  If you liked this post, please share this post with a friend through social media & fold paper every chance you get! Like my Facebook page for updates and more crafty sharing!

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