Cristian Marianciuc, One day, a crane

#334My name is Cristian Marianciuc, I am 26 years old and I am one of eleven children. Originally, I come from a minuscule town in the northeast of Romania, but at the moment, I work for a Humanitarian Organization in the Republic of Moldova.

My professional background is in the field of languages – translating and interpreting. I love languages and the study of cultures!

Towards the end of 2014, I decided that I would keep an artistic record of my days in the following year. That year (2014) was a rather difficult one for me; I was struggling with some personal issues and, in my attempt to deal with those issues, I closed myself up to everything and everyone around me. I was unable to make the most of my time, I was unable to create new memories, and just to enjoy life. So I knew I had to do something about it!

I had been interested in origami for some time, and I knew that this project would be one involving folding paper.

I started the project for myself first of all: to be able to look back at my cranes and thus remember the day in which they were made. And also as an exercise in creativity!#294

For that reason, I did not look at it as a challenge or a chore, but I did have days when I feared I would not manage to fold and share my daily crane.

For now, origami is only a hobby. I do, however, hope to make a living out of it! Once this first stage of my project is completed at the end of the year, I will start thinking seriously about the next steps for me.

I did not have an Instagram account before starting this project, and I wanted it to be separate from my other social media platforms. A close friend of mine encouraged me to give Instagram a try, and I loved it from the first moment!

#204Each crane’s purpose is to describe the day in which it was made: what and how I felt, what inspired me, what kept me going, memories, family, friends, music and so on. And using the paper crane as a blank canvas, I add layers of symbolism to it with the help of colours, textures and light!

I am still coming to terms with being called an artist and with my cranes being considered works of art. And I am saying this with the utmost modesty! I believe that people are able to see and appreciate that I put myself out there, that I pour out the contents of my heart in each one of these cranes. I think that there is a particular sincerity in what I do, and also, many people can relate to the things that motivate and inspire me to do what I do.

Besides origami, I love painting, sewing and pretty much anything that involves using your imagination and creativity. So, I have adopted a number of techniques in my project so far, such as drawing, painting, paper cutting, sewing, embroidery, flower pressing, creating natural dyes (flower petals, leaves and other plants) and colouring the paper. I also love experimenting, using simple materials in unusual ways, such as my glue gun pieces, or deconstructing the actual paper crane. I have used wax, feathers, bones, seeds, twigs, wire and even gummy bears.#329

This is a deeply personal project, and I am overjoyed to know and see that so many people appreciate what I do.

As for someone that I admire, well, it is difficult to pick one person. But I would say that I am in awe of the works of  Benjamin Wieler (@bookbw), Mythily Satchi (@imythily) and Matthew Shlian (@matthew_shlian) (all of them from Instagram)