My name is Cristian Marianciuc and I love working with paper.

I started an ambitious 100-days project back in 2015: I was hoping to be able to fold and decorate 1 origami crane every single day as part of a visual diary of sorts.

After the initial 100 days went by, I made another ambitious decision, and that was to continue my project until I would reach 365 cranes in 365 days.

Once I reached that goal, I went ahead and challenged myself even further. I was going to attempt to fold and decorate one origami crane, every single day until I would reach 1000 cranes in 1000 days. It was meant to be a nod to the Japanese tradition of ‘senbazuru’, according to which, the folding of 1000 paper cranes will grant the folder a wish.

The motivation behind Icarus.mid.air was to give a physical shape to my days; to mark the passing of time in a creative and meaningful way. I took inspiration from Japanese culture, from the story of Sadako Sasaki, from my family history and from every little and big thing that I could find around me.

On the 27th of September of 2017, I successfully reached my rather unbelievable goal. I had folded and decorated over 1000 cranes in 1000 days, without missing even one day!

It took lots of courage, determination and discipline but also patience and an open mind.

I learned to pay attention to things I would have otherwise overlooked, I learned new creative skills, I made many amazing new friends online and in real life and I became part of an incredible community of paper lovers from all over the world.

Despite reaching my goal, I have not stopped folding and decorating origami cranes. I don’t do it on a daily basis nowadays, but it has become such a vital part of who I am, that I cannot imagine stopping altogether.

I have heard from people who found joy and serenity in my work, people who took refuge in what I do and I could not have asked for more!

I have kept all of my cranes so far and hope to get the chance to travel with them and exhibit them. But I decided to also create pieces that I could send to new homes. So I opened an Etsy shop where I add new cranes regularly and take commissions for personalized, paper birds.

More info: Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

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Monica
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2 years ago

Wow! Impressive.

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Eva Bryson
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2 years ago

What the little ones hope to be some day.

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Norma Brown
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2 years ago

beautiful

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Lina Bergstrom
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2 years ago

beautiful

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Please don't blow on me.

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Fluffy Destroyer
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2 years ago

This reminds me of Pixar's Coco.

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Monica
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2 years ago

Gorgeous.

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Margaret Milner
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2 years ago

Beautiful

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Markus Weiler
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2 years ago

with 3 strings it's a balalaika

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Lina Bergstrom
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2 years ago

DEATH CRANE!!!

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

So intricate!

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Winter crane.

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Joseph Barnett
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2 years ago

Incredible!

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Keeks
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2 years ago

This one looks very sinister

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2 years ago

Paper cut?

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James A. Smith Jr.
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2 years ago

Fir tree Crane

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Dragonfly crane.

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2 years ago

Silver wing.

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Monica
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2 years ago

Amazing!

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Holly Hobby
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2 years ago

WOW

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Lini Rudy
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2 years ago

Bird of Paradise

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Phoenix

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Forest crane

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Deborah Blish
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2 years ago

White Peacock Crane!

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CatPerson
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2 years ago

mysterious garden

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Blue flower

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2 years ago

Kalidescope

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Star of the night

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CatPerson
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2 years ago

fire

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2 years ago

Village crane

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CatPerson
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2 years ago

white flower crane, love it

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Monica
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2 years ago

Wow! Awesome and gorgeous.

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Moltres!

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Springtime

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Manchu Empress

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CatPerson
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2 years ago

beautiful, wish i could upvote it more

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Kimberly Puchniarz
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2 years ago

Wow! You are really talented!! Every single one is absolutely beautiful!! If you don't mind questions, what is the materials made of? Especially the flyaway looking parts?

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CatPerson
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2 years ago

crane flight school, gorgeous

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Chelsea Truong
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2 years ago

Lotus crane

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Snowy plumage

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Frosty

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Myxomatosis
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2 years ago

Finally! I have been waiting to see the sacred cranes.

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Hanami

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Uchikake

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Orchid Crane

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Summer vacation

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Joseph Barnett
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2 years ago

Wow!

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Ivy Chua
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1 year ago

Guardian angels

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Rose Hogue
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2 years ago

Lily of the cranes

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Savannah Vaughn
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2 years ago

I love it, So pretty

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