Monday, May 16, 2011

1000 Birds, Made By Hand

It's been over a month since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan changed so many lives.  As with most disasters, as time goes by you don't see coverage on the news every day and the tragedy starts to fade away if you are not living with it every day.  Unfortunately, I am sure there is still much suffering going on there.

I was so fortunate to get connected through the blogosphere with Makiko Hastings and her 1000 birds project.  Makiko is a Japanese ceramic artist living in England.  She had the amazing idea of making 1000 ceramic birds and selling them to people around the world to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross.  Each bird was lovingly crafted by hand and numbered from 1-1000.  I am now the lucky owner of numbers 721-725.

{textures by Kim Klassen: Golden, Simple Things}

Makiko and her husband put together a short video about the making of these birds.  It's incredible to watch the detail that went into each and every one, and her thought process behind the each element of the design.


If you have a few minutes, I recommend you take a look.  If your creative spirit needs a lift you can't go wrong.  A few words came to mind when I watched...generous, determined, inspired, artistic, giving, imaginative...and on and on...

P.S.  Sorry, I don't think she is selling any more birds, I just wanted to share this amazing project with everyone!  And, I am linking up with The Creative Exchange today...




23 comments:

lisa said...

I'd heard and read about this, but I'd not seen this video. Truly such an amazing labor of love, and how lucky you are to have some of them!

Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange. Just perfect for it.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Katie said...

This is a beautiful idea, and the birds are lovely!

Nancy said...

I had seen this somewhere, but didn't realize they had been for sale. A wonderful way to support a worthy cause.

Krystal said...

that is a great project! and yes, i wish we could hear what is going on in japan now...

krissilugbill said...

wow, what a great idea for a project! i am sure that helped out a lot. they are such cute birds too!

camaca said...

amazing! thanks for share it!

Clare B said...

I just watched the video - so much work and love in each of those little birds. And the end result is great; very cute chopstick holders with a special story too.

amberlee said...

These are so sweet, thank for sharing!

Robyn said...

Oh! That made me cry - so beautiful and touching. How lucky you are to have a piece (or two) of that project. Thank you for sharing it.

refrigeratormagnate said...

What a nice thing to do!
:)

Anna said...

Such a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing more about this venture with us.

Anika said...

So sweet and so cute

blue elephant photography said...

wow that is an awesome project! how cute the birds are too!

~ Chef Louise said...

hi you... how are you? i don't know why i haven't been here in awhile, just crazy over here i guess. i'm going to make sure i don't let that happen again. i'm creatively inspired by you and all you do over here. i can't seem to get off the couch today but i'm gonna and try to take some fab photos with my iphone and figure out the apps... thanks for being u

Sharon said...

They are lovely - wish the lady was still selling them as I would definitely buy one - such a terrific cause.

Marissa ♥ said...

Ohh! That video is so touching, it nearly brought me to tears!

Lovely photo of your 721-725 birds, the texture is very pretty!

bailey-road.com said...

Great project! Your image of the little birds is lovely.

Ms. Becky said...

love your image, and thanks for sharing the video.

Joan said...

This is amazing!

Kamana said...

this is so sweet!

justine said...

How amazing, wow!

Virginia said...

That was so sweet. Thank you!

I always, always love the videos that you share with us.

Maki said...

Thank you so much for blogging about this. (sorry for being so late to come here to say so!) I LOVED how you photographed the birds too . xm