We were all once stardust; we came from the sky.
Some of us stayed on the ground; others learned to fly.

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The piece itself I made months ago and I composed this diptych recently. So this is the second piece I share in 2010 after ‘Wish’. As mentioned in Wish I’ve had a string of misfortune this year. One of the misfortunes was losing a collection of my origami which fell out of my knapsack one very hectic day at school, and later in the evening the custodians mistook it for garbage and threw it away. It was not too long after that incident that I made Freedom; a piece big enough to appreciate in real life, but still have the quality of the miniature folding in it – and the first of it’s kind.

The paper is a piece of velum scrap from my days as an architecture student. I cut squares from the paper (each measuring ¼” x ¼”), only leaving a corner uncut so that the crane would still be attached to the paper once I fold out of it – there was no gluing. So the square at the size that it is cut is what makes up those cranes; no piece of paper was completely taken away. The difficult part was how to photograph it; and in the end I resorted to doing a diptych. My hand is in there for a scale reference, but it’s really the hand’s shadow that appears to be trying to reach up to the flying cranes as they lift off the paper to freedom…

I wasn’t really thinking about it during the time I made this, but this perhaps is a bit similar to the works of Peter Callesen or Masahiro Chatani’s origamic architecture.

Both images were taken with an Olympus FE-340


For a better idea of scale


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So far and away, see the birds as it flies by.
Gliding through the shadows of the clouds up in the sky.
I’ve laid my memories and dreams upon those wings.
Leave them now and see what tomorrow brings.

(verse from Final Fantasy 9 ending theme “Melodies of Life” by Nohuo Uematsu)



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  • mmargot
    mmargotabout 4 years ago

    Most beautiful, and I am always in awe of your creativity and skill.

  • Thank you mmargot.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoabout 4 years ago

    Great concept. Amazing!

  • Thank you Bella.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 4 years ago

    so talented wahini…………good fortune and powerful energy your way for the coming new year.

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 4 years ago

    So wonderful,I just love these,I was showing these to a friend who does this,he was so impressed..

  • Thank you very much Vickie.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...about 4 years ago

    WOW that is so coooool

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenabout 4 years ago

    oh wow! this is incredible. As always im blown away bu the scale of your beautiful work…and this diptych is beautifully shot and composed :)

  • Thank you. You’ve got some fine diptychs yourself I see.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    Amazing my friend!!! xo

  • Gwoeii
    Gwoeiiabout 4 years ago

    Most impressive! It is an interesting piece of work.

  • Lissie EJ
    Lissie EJabout 4 years ago

    Great creativity

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanabout 4 years ago

    very cool

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