This is from Anna.
To me, origami cranes symbolize so much more than a series of careful folds on pretty paper.
They were a lifeline which gave me hope, optimism and a sense of calmness as I recovered in hospital. Cranes came to embody strength, in that each fold directed my mind away from my illness. Each one gave me a sense of gratitude and thankfulness for the simple beauty of each individual figure. Most importantly the cranes the displayed something I was striving for; transformation. I was able to watch a flat, lifeless piece of paper as it steadily evolved into a beautiful creature. It gave me a quiet certainty that everything would be ok and gave me hope and fulfilment as I folded and created each crane. TRED has allowed me to share the healing therapy that cranes offered me in a very difficult time.
am so very grateful that others have also felt the power and hope of creating their own cranes for healing and recovery. The installation of 1000 cranes represents an ancient Japanese tradition, to which many people all over Tasmania have contributed. I am very humbled to share and be part of this project. To anybody struggling with an Eating disorder you are stronger than you realise. Have hope, stay focused and know that each crane is a symbol of support, encouragement and hope for the future.
With best wishes Anna