Earlier this year, Cristian Marianciuc decided that he was going to challenge himself.
The self-described “exceptionally ordinary origami enthusiast” decided that he was going to make a paper crane every day for a year.
But that wasn’t all — the paper cranes, which are traditional symbols of peace in Japan and around the world, would be decorated to reflect the feelings of the day.
Now in the penultimate month, Marianciuc’s project is still going strong, and his cranes seem to get fancier by the day.
One-a-day projects like this often bring out levels of creativity that people don’t even realize they have, and the cool thing is that anyone can start a project like this. Just take a look at what one woman created when she doodled every day.
They started out plain, but over the course of the project, Marianciuk has developed and experimented with some very clever ways to bring personality and feeling to his cranes.
Take a look at just a few of his many pieces, and see that keeping a record of your days doesn’t have to just be in a journal.
When he first started, Marianciuc's cranes had themes, but he didn't much expand on them.
However, as the project grew, he began to open up more about the inspirations behind each bird. This one is an homage to his love of classical music.
This one was also inspired by music, but of a more modern variety.
And this one takes its designs right from some lyrics.
He even managed to work in some mini projects into the larger one. This was part of his "Ten Love Songs" project, where the cranes would embody 10 of his favorite songs.
He also takes inspiration from nature and the world around him. This one was created after smelling woodsmoke on an autumn evening.
He also used them to convey his inner feelings. This crane, with a decoration cut into the shape of a water drop, reflects his need for some serenity.
This one was a look back at a long, lazy day.
On finding an evergreen sprig, this crane came to life.
As the project wore on, more and more people became aware of it and were inspired to start creative projects of their own.
But not all the cranes are celebrations. Though this one is beautiful, it reflects some of the anxieties and worries that keep Marianciuc up at night.
And this one's fluttery quality is actually a symbol of his nervousness.
As the project grew, so, too, did Marianciuc's willingness to open up about his feelings on Instagram.
This one, created after a feeling of "being out of place," is a more direct representation of anxiety.
This most recent crane actually reflects the project itself. The layers on the wings represent the attention the project has received, which Marianciuc finds both exciting and daunting, as well as the "piled on" events and responsibilities in his life.
Looking back over the year’s worth of cranes, it’s interesting to see how Marianciuc’s project — and Marianciuc himself — has grown and changed.
You can see the whole evolution of his project, which includes hundreds of cranes, on Instagram and Facebook, where you can also read about the cranes and the project as a whole in his own words.
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