A supportive community
Three years ago, Cristian created his first crane and published a picture of it on his Instagram account icarus.mid.air. From the beginning, Cristian felt that he could relate to the inner peace that is the essence of the crane. The cranes became his way of expressing his emotions. His cranes had a big impact on his faithful followers on Instagram.
– There have been days when I have not managed to ask for help. On those days, my followers could see through my work that I did not feel well and they would ask me how I was doing. I have had days when it has even been hard for me to fold a crane. On those days, a compliment or a comment could help me realize that I am not alone, says Cristian.
His followers are a community, and his Instagram is a place where they support each other. Cristian explains that several people has found strength in his posts as well as in the exchange with Cristian and the followers.
– I remember that I got an email from a woman in the US. She was at the hospital where her husband was having surgery. I had just made a post of the crane of that day when she found my account. She decided to go back to the beginning of my posts, and she went through every crane. There were around 800 of them at that time, and when she finished reading, the doctor told her she could come and see her husband, tells Cristian.
"There have been days when I have not managed to ask for help"
To live in the present
On Instagram, Cristian strives to create a multi sensoral experience where readers get both a visual experience and an audible experience. He posts both a picture of the crane and a song tip for the day. Over time, he has developed the designs of the cranes with new advanced techniques and ornaments. Cristian works mainly with paper, but complements with different materials, such as flowers and feathers. He sees the beauty in creating temporary and delicate cranes who are best experienced in the moment.
– To me, origami is very therapeutic and a way to find balance in life. It is a way to silence some voices and make others louder. It is about not doing things on autopilot, but to be involved, in the present, says Cristian.