|Folding Cranes, Woodblock, Caitlin Allen, 2011|
You're probably wondering where do the cranes come in? To begin with, I love folding cranes. I make them whenever my hands are free. It's a mindless productivity, like knitting or crocheting. You can pick it up anywhere there's paper or a napkin and most importantly, drop it off anywhere too. I do this a lot. I leave cranes as I make them and my hope is that when someone finds one it will bring a smile to their face. That good vibes will result from putting my heart into making anonymous gifts for other people. Could you resist a tiny crane keeping you company at your favorite table in your favorite coffee shop?
I'm going to plant "This is For You," my good vibes through good intentions philosophy, as I go. I'll make cranes, artist books, post cards, posters...you name it! Each object will have a tag that says: "This is For You" and directs the lucky finder to this blog. I'll make the object, with the hopes that the finder responds with their experience in finding it.
So, where do you come in, oh lovely reader? I need your help most of all. I want your thoughts and your participation. Send your ideas for projects, inspirational quotes or clippings from magazines. I will collage, assemble, and create. The mission: spread good intentions through surprises (while enjoying some well intended baking, of course).
Here's to spreading joy, one anonymous gift at a time.