“Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most pretty, peaceful and loving of them all?”
“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”
“If you ever get a chance to peep into my heart, you’ll see a room full of paper cranes with our names engraved together.”
The idea of making white paper cranes for White Day had been going on in my head for quite some time even before my recent trip to Perth. There wasn’t any particular reason why or how this idea seeped through my head but it just did. But my Australia trip reaffirmed that this paper crane idea was the right thing to do for this White Day because an artsy shop (there are several in Australia, which is my kind of thing!) I happened to visit sells many paper crane artworks that intrigued and further inspired me a lot.
So pretty, isn’t it? 😍
But the idea to paste the paper cranes on a piece of mirror to make a reflection was inspired from my museum visit to a minimalism exhibition sometime around my birthday last year.
Immediately after I returned to Singapore from Perth, I spent some time shopping for materials for my upcoming artworks and mirror was one of the items in my shopping list. I managed to get a nice looking mirror with white flowery carvings at the borders from Daiso for a standard price of $2 (talking about making cheap and simple artworks!).
Just the night before White Day, I sat myself down and began making 2 paper cranes out of 2 pieces of white coloured square art papers. Speaking of paper origami, I used to enjoy making stuff like cranes, stars, boxes, airplanes etc as a kid (so much nostalgia!). But as I grow up, I don’t make them anymore now. Thanks to my relationship with Taenggu, now I have the chance (and excuse) to pick up paper origami again!
Since I had already forgotten how to fold a paper crane by now after so long, I learned how to do it through online tutorials. I followed this particular Wikihow page that offers very clear gif images and step-by-step instructions on how to fold a paper crane. It wasn’t difficult at all!
Then, I cut away one side of their wings and stick them on the mirror using a superglue.
And here are the photos of my final result, the paper cranes mirror artwork! Also featuring the reflections of my long-time Taeyeon pillow which has been with me since 2014 and of course, myself, the photographer. 😁📸
Because I knew I was going to make an artwork related to paper cranes, I decided to read up more about the meaning of paper cranes. I read that it is a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. In the Japanese legend, it was believed that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, you would be granted a wish by the gods. It makes me wonder, if I could make 1000 paper cranes, would my wish come true sooner??
There was also a touching 1000 origami cranes story of a Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who was affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. You can read more about it here.
Looking back at my previous White Days, I realised that on my very first White Day with Taenggu, I actually made a simple paper heart origami for Taenggu before.
It seems nothing less than a meaningful coincidence that I’m making paper origami again for Taenggu this White Day, but in the form of a paper crane. This gave me a bright idea – why not start a new tradition of making paper origami every White Day from now on?! 💡
If vday is paper pixelated art, halloween is string art and so on, then white day shall be paper origami. 😎
On a sidenote, I actually wanted to make my own D.I.Y white chocolate gems for Taenggu. After all, White Day is about gifting chocolates to your lover (supposedly from men to women in Japanese/Korean cultures). I tried. But I failed. My chocolate gems didn’t turn out as nice as it should be.
I guess I would need much more time to experiment and get the right ingredients and materials to make the perfect chocolate gems for my dear Taenggu.
For now, I shall make do with several of these chocolates, cookies and gummies (mostly her favourite mint-flavoured ones) that I had gotten for her from Perth. Kekeke. ☺️
HAPPY WHITE DAY 탱구야! Hope you like this simple paper cranes mirror artwork I made for you! Hope you can look at this mirror everyday and see the most pretty, peaceful and loving person in this world! May you soar high like a crane and bring love, hope and peace all over the world wherever you go. 사랑해! 🕊💜🕊