When did you start to fold paper?
Back in 2014, I developed the habit of folding pages of my personal diary and either keeping them for myself or gifting them to loved ones. At the beginning of 2015, the first stage of my project started.
Why did you choose this medium?
The origami crane has a particularly meaningful symbolism since it’s linked to the story of Sadako Sasaki and her struggle with leukaemia after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One of my sisters also succumbed to leukaemia, so it was a very personal choice for me.
© Alex Atack
How did it become a profession?
The plan was to make an origami crane every single day for 100 days. It was a visual diary of sorts, intimate yet public. I created an Instagram account and shared the decorated cranes there. The 100 days became 365 and eventually I decided to keep creating my cranes for 1,000 consecutive days.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Nature. In particular birds’ anatomy, flowers, mythology, and more recently perfume. Romanian folklore is another recurring theme in my work. I also enjoy creating hybrid folkloric motifs by combining Romanian and Japanese traditional art.