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I was not born with these lines,
They accumulated with time.

Everything begins clean and neat,
White as a brand new sheet.

But overtime life collects stains
After years of learning pain.

But we learn to stand after falling on our knees.
From fresh new sprouts we become trees.

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 along with Freedom, I made Timeline; a piece big enough to appreciate in real life, but still have the quality of the miniature folding in it.


Here is a look of the entire chain from above:


This is sort of like Fly except each cranes is a different size, gradually getting smaller and whiter from one end to the other. I did a graded shade on a sheet of trace paper before cutting squares from them. It took me a while to come up with a way to photograph this. I didn’t want it to be another Fly, and eventually I got this result. While the smallest crane (which was from a square measuring 5×5mm) is out of focus, I think it is understandable what is happening…

And thank you to everyone who left me encouraging comments on Wish and who have prayed for me. Of all the years I have lived, this one has been the roughest; my family and I have been going through a lot of strife this year. Life is a long journey and not an easy one.

Taken with an Olympus FE-340


For a better idea of scale


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  • linaji
    linajiabout 4 years ago

    None can take this talent and joy from you, I sure do find myself in awe of all you can create, fav x 1000000000000000

  • Thank you so much Lina. Hugs x 1000000000000000 to you.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Mui-Ling, how sweetie how are you?? I love this one..I was showing some people your art not to long ago,they were really impressed…Hope your holidays are great.take care.

  • Thank you so much Vickie. Well as I mention in the description, things have begun looking up after posting ‘Wish’, though there are still things that I am tending to. I’m hoping for a great improvement with the remainder of this year and the upcoming one.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    AW Hun..I know that upset you…you have such beautiful art time in them for them not to see it is sad…love your work my friend hugggggggz

  • Thanks Thelma. Things have been really messed up this year and we’re fixing one step at a time…

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...about 4 years ago

    You are so Amazing!
    my ♥ sings………

  • Thank you my dear ♥

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Ostar-Digital
    Ostar-Digitalabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and great shot !

  • Thank you!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    Absolutely amazing sweet friend!!!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl!!!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 4 years ago

    As always, your work shows an exceptional spirit and heart. You will survive these difficult times, and become an even stronger individual. Prayers are continuing♥

  • Thank you so much Enivea; I really appreciate it ♥

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoabout 4 years ago

    Mui-Ling your origami and photographs are fantastic! So glad you are posting back here on RB…Wishing you all the pleasures of the season…peace, joy and lots of creativity in the New Year! xox

  • Thank you Helen.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • BK Photography
    BK Photographyabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant……. great lighting, composition everything.
    You should be very proud of your work

  • Thank you Big-Keg. Previously my origami was more appreciated through photography than real life, and my work is somewhat more about the photography than the pieces themselves. I folded this after the incident where my collection was mistaken for garbage and got thrown away by the custodians. So I was inspired to make something that would be appreciated in real life than through photo. It seemed that made it harder to make a nice photo though and I was struggling with this one for some time so I’m glad you like it.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Liz. I’ll be needing it!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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