I don't know what it is with me and paper cranes but it definitely is. I suppose it would be accurate to class me as a fanatical folder.
I was taught how to fold them at the age of 12. At the time, I was also reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in my English class and learning about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and its citizens in my history class. Taken together, the three linked topics had an incredibly potent impact on me, not least because I was Sadako's age when she died of radiation poisoning.
As I grew older and learned more, I found the legend of the thousand paper cranes intoxicating and I also learned to fold a great many other things and delved into the long and rich history of Japan's paper folding art.
In the late 90s, I started making paper crane mobiles as gifts for friends with new babies. They are such perfect lazy gazing aids, especially when hung above changing tables or play mats; sharply defined edges, bright colours and movement are such a stimulating mixture. But they are also beautiful objects in their own right - in any part of the home. Making them while my own babies were new to the world gave me a sense of calm and enabled me to mix old with new. It was a delightful challenge to throw that history into the mix of becoming a new mother.
From there, other products became innovative leaps (chopsticks for hairdos) and folding challenges (miniature crane earrings, made using tweezers). Have a browse and see if anything takes your fancy. I'm also open to commissions.