Friday, January 5, 2007

The knitnotwar 1,0o0 project

knitnotwar 1,0o0—a display of a thousand knitted cranes, involves a large number of artists, crafters, knitters and others in a large scale, community based, public art installation-- celebrating the quiet logic of peace. More than a hundred artists will knit one thousand origami style cranes, to be displayed late 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

The origami crane is an international symbol of peace, due to the hopeful and heroic story of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako died of Leukemia after exposure from US atom bombings of Hiroshima in 1945. Following a Japanese legend of folding 1,000 paper cranes-- a kind of prayer for long life and recovery-- Sadako hoped to get well. She completed over 1,000 folded cranes before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of 12. Thousands of artists, children, religious groups, and other organizations commit to folding strands of a thousand cranes every year to express their commonality in banning nuclear weapons-- their solidarity for peace.

To reach the goal of a thousand cranes, pledge to donate 10 (RSVP deadline March 1, actual donation deadline May 1, 2007), or organize a group of knitters and pledge 100! You can get the pattern PDF here (to the right of the screen-- I print page one, flip it over in the printer and print page two-- it makes a nice pamphlety sort of document). Please do email me if you have questions!

Happy knitting,



Anonymous Elizabeth D said...

Seann, is there a reason they're felted? Does that go with other things in the installation? I'd just imagined them smoother somehow. . .

January 22, 2007 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger seann said...

Hi Elizabeth! The reason why they are felted is so that they retain their shape, felting gives the fabric a rigidity that allows them to be 3D, if you will. Though I imagine if they weren't felted they still would have a bit of texture due to using yarn as opposed to paper... I think that the process would be a much bigger commitment if it were knit and not felted (I imagine they would have to be stuffed, like a stuffed animal, to be 3D?)

Thanks for writing, be in touch if you have any more questions!


January 23, 2007 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i'm brain dead, obviously. i'm not seeing the link for the pdf? and i'm thinking about joining up (i came here from

January 26, 2007 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger seann said...

Hi! The PDF is located to the right of the page...see it? If not, email me at:, leave your address and I'll send it to you!


January 29, 2007 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger frances Jane said...

what is being done with the cranes after the exhibit? thanks!!

February 1, 2007 at 2:42 PM  

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