WHAT IS THE CRANE PROJECT?
The Crane Project is a conceptual art project launched in April 2017 by calligrapher Ellie Camp. Micro and macro aggressions that I or other women of color experience are written in calligraphy with black sumi ink on white origami paper. The paper is then folded into a paper crane.
Originating in China, popularized in Japan, and now common across East Asian American culture, folding origami cranes is a symbol of healing and hope for the future. Folding one thousand cranes is also symbolic of a wish coming true. It is customary to give one thousand folded paper cranes to a bride on her wedding day or to celebrate the birth of a child. In my own life, years ago when a best friend's mom was dying from cancer, a group of us folded her one thousand cranes to symbolize our support and prayers.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS PROJECT?
As a women of color, I often feel tired, disillusioned, and discouraged. One way I process the micro-aggressions I experience is to write them down so they have a place to reside outside of my body. I have been inspired by other artists who encourage others to use the hardships they experience as inspiration for creating art. As a calligrapher, I have often felt my art was too literal to communicate such heavy burdens in a significant way. As a person of faith, I struggle to believe that something as dark and constant as the micro and macro aggressions that people of color face can truly be redeemed. This project is my attempt to take these aggressions and turn them into a literal object of beauty. By practicing this ritual of writing and folding, I hope to create space to allow God can transform what feels like meaningless pain into something of beauty.
HOW can the cranes be viewed?
Two pictures will be taken of each crane - unfolded and folded - and posted to Instagram @thecraneproject. You can also view the most recent submissions from the "CRANES" link on this website.
WHO CAN SEND IN SUBMISSIONS?
I am narrowing this project to represent those who self-identify as a woman of color in the U.S. and Canada. Beyond that, I welcome diversity in age, religion, sexual orientation, thought, and experience.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY OWN MICRO/MACRO AGGRESSIONS TO BE A PART OF THIS PROJECT?
There are three ways to make a submission:
1. Fill out the submission form on this website
2. PM on Instagram @thecraneproject
3. Email me at hello@thecraneproject dot org
Please only make submissions from your own personal experience and omit any specific names or easily identifiable information. All submissions will be kept anonymous. By sending in a submission you are granting Ellie Camp permission to use your words to be calligraphed, photographed, printed, and shared publicly in any format relevant to this project. All cranes will remain the property of Ellie Camp.