Out of a daydream you were born from the hand,
And began a journey in your creator’s land.

My miniature origami calendar

I used tweezers only for the last few folds. The paper was about 15×15mm big. This is my first attempt at something this small.

Here I present the creator and the creation where the crane is framed by my fingers forming a circle. We can only understand size, fragility and significance when we compare two things. When we think, for example, how big the world is, we’re like tiny little specks of sand, or even atoms, to the eyes of a God holding the earth in his palm.

Taken with an Olympus Fe-220

For a better idea of scale

I began folding origami since the age of ten. I was inspired by the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”, from which I learned the the paper crane symbolized peace and good fortune. It wasn’t, however, until April 2008 (when I made this piece) that I began practicing folding miniature origami. In my mind I wasn’t actually setting out to do a miniature origami when I started folding this. I was bored and took a random strip of paper, cut a square out of it, and started folding a crane. I was daydreaming so I wasn’t paying attention to how small the paper was. After completing the crane I realized it was rather tiny. This piece is the first among my miniature origami pieces, but meanwhile it is one of my biggest. After I folded this, only then have I begun to practice folding miniature origami. I do however still continue folding larger pieces; sometimes I do a miniature origami concept folding at a slightly bigger size rather than the smallest size possible, just because it does the photo more justice.

This crane wasn’t difficult to fold. Photographing it was another story (as I was not really a photographer then). Can learn more here

My origami collection can be seen here



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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 7 years ago

    this is wonderful :)
    i have a painting of sadako i did (in my bubble) called “Sadako’s Wish”
    which was inspired by her story…this crane is a reminder to me of her story
    thank you :)

  • I love that story! In fact my interest in origami grew because of that. My grade 5 teacher read that to our class and that is when I began making small sized cranes, and many other things. Thanks for the comment; I’ll take a look at your painting :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Alyssa Medina
    Alyssa Medinaalmost 7 years ago

    this speaks volumes! the little white crane is so sharp and vulnerable in comparison to the smooth, powerful hand. such beauty and grace in a spectacular combination of black and white, the creator and the creation…just gorgeous.

  • Thank you for the insightful comment Lys; and in such beautiful words too :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • mieclarke
    mieclarkealmost 7 years ago

    wow Mui this is a very creative work…beautiful capture!!

  • Thanks Mie. It was actually very difficult to get a decent shot of this. Usually it came out blurry because I had a hard time keeping my hand still, and sometimes the crane fell off my hand as I snapped the picture.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 7 years ago


  • Gaurav Dhup
    Gaurav Dhupalmost 7 years ago

    wow! just wow!

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 7 years ago

    I Would add…
    “To see a World in a grain of Sand.
    A Heaven in a flower.
    See Infinity in the palm of your Hand
    And Eternity in a Hour.”
    (william Balke)
    Cannot say more..
    Spirituality is i the little and simple things.
    Rosa (bautiful work and picture)

  • Wow you sure like poetry, you have a lot with your artwork :) Thanks for the comment. I could’ve added more in my description, but I was already pretty sure many people could draw different ideas out of this.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2almost 7 years ago

    Oh blimey thats tiny, you are great work with your fingers Mui, lovely shot of it too , love the grey tone :)

  • Thanks Dawnsky2. Times like these I’m glad my hands are small.l

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • AnaBanana
    AnaBananaalmost 7 years ago

    Oh wuauuuu this is so cute and great!

  • Matt83artist
    Matt83artistalmost 7 years ago

    Cool! I wish I could do that, your very talented!

  • Thanks Matt, I couldn’t have done it without the tweezers ;)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Plukie
    Plukiealmost 7 years ago

    Oh that is very special. I love it and to think that you MADE it………wow!!!

  • Thank you very much Plukie! Actually the bigger challenge was taking the picture :P

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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