In addition to the Amigurumi creatures below, I also shot the jar things I made this winter (See all photos from this shoot here). This was started right after Steff and I each made 1,000 origami cranes. It’s hard to spend every spare moment making cranes for a month and then just stop. It was kind of a nice routine adding little birds to my flock. So after the 1,000 were complete I made a few more miniature versions. I had seen several types of jars filled with origami creations, but thought it would be neat if they were strung up inside the jar as you would string them up in a room.
This was my first jar piece. This was an old spice jar – all spice maybe? Italian seasoning? Hmm.. Anyway, the cranes are strung on a piece of cotton thread, separated by beads, and glued to the top. The bottom is filled with black ceramic beads. It is called the “Leila” crane jar because it reminded me of one of my coworkers named, you guessed it, Leila.
The Leila Cranes were folded on a 1.5″x1.5″ square, for my next jar I went a little smaller to 1″x1.” As I mentioned I started these two crane jars right after I made 1,000 cranes. For those of you who did not go through an obsessive origami crane phase – the idea is that the 1,000 cranes bring you good fortune and a wish by carrying that wish to the heavens and so on. This jar was kind of going with that concept, with the cranes hung in an ascending swoop around the jar. The lid is painted blue and the bottom is filled with a mixture of paper, plastic, and ceramic green beads.
Danda Lion, get it? Like a dandelion! I know, I even winced at that a little. As much as I would love to take credit for that horrible pun, I can’t. This was inspired from a fabric pattern we saw in a store in New Paltz NY. It had a dandelion print with little lions whose manes looked like the white fuzzy part of the flower. Precious, right? So I had to make my own dande-lion. I call mine “Danda Lion” though because “Danda” sounds like it could be a real lion name. He hangs out in this old spaghetti sauce jar with a couple origami flowers, yarn grass, and burlap earth.
I mentioned that I go through obsessive phases.. This jar was made during my “Coraline” phase after seeing the movie. Great movie by the way. It shows the dark side of crafting, awesome soundtrack, and it’s an all around good time for everyone. The slightly creepy little girl is made from tooth picks (kind of a miniature worry doll) and embroidery floss. The bee is made from embroidery floss, a bead, wire, and a bit of fabric. These two hang out in a field of origami violets, and seem to be very good friends.
I like that they have a: catching lightening bug in a jar look about them – but you get to capture their whole environment with them. I want to start a few more of these soon. Stay tuned.
All of these photos were taken at the same time and the same place as the photos below.