Artist Cristian Marianciuc began 2015 by creating a unique personal journal. While his diary does involve paper, it’s definitely not your conventional notebook filled with thoughts, memories, and written words. Instead, this uncommon journal incorporates the art of origami. “Late last year, I made a decision that would see me rediscover my creativity and avoid something that had weighed very heavily on my mind during 2014,” Marianciuc tells us. “As a result of a ‘quarter-life crisis’ and of the sinking feeling that days were passing me by without being able to create new memories or make use of my creativity, and drawing inspiration from the amazing story of Sadako Sasaki, and her quest to fold 1000 paper cranes in order to be granted a wish–my origami journal was born.”
Since the artist’s origami journey began, he’s created 314 paper cranes. Each work of paper art is designed so that it mirrors the type of day Marianciuc is having. Aside from the cranes serving as a visual memory, the artist’s pieces also demonstrate the power of one’s imagination. Some cranes incorporate the environment with flowers and feathers. Others utilize colored pencils, paint, wire, and complex folding techniques. This culminates in an origami series that’s as expressive as it is meaningful.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Cristian Marianciuc.