He describes himself as an exceptionally ordinary origami enthusiast. But his humility doesn’t hide his extraordinary zeal in doing something that has not been done before.
Meet Cristian Marianciuc, who in 2015 challenged himself to create one origami paper crane per day for 365 days. With this as his goal, this amazing origami artist started cutting and folding these incredible miniature paper cranes one per day. However, doing this generated such passion in him that he continued creating the cranes much past his 365-day target and stopped only when he had completed doing so for 1000 days!
What’s most surprising is Cristian’s creations, though of a similar-shaped crane, are far from similar. Some are in pure white and off-white shades, but others are not only in vibrant colors but also decorated with all sorts of beads, threads, feathers, leaves, flowers, and what have you.
However, after meeting this challenge he’s not done yet. Says he,
“After having folded and decorated origami cranes daily for 1000 consecutive days, I took a short break, but I couldn’t stop creating new ones, even though no longer on a daily basis. I’m allowing myself to explore more themes and techniques, and to find inspiration in even more places.”
Cristian’s inspiration in creating origami items comes from varied sources, such as nature, Japanese folklore, Greek mythology, and personal experiences. In his newer models, he brings freshness by imparting amazingly intricate cuts and vivid details. It’s his unique artistic approach and remarkable aesthetics that sets him apart from other origami artists.
Cristian assures all that he’ll continue to cut out his signature cranes, but will also start a mini-series inspired by Japanese folklore. His cranes and other origami works are a testimony to his amazing creative sense, eye for detail, imaginative use of color, and a fresh approach to traditional origami.