Make-A-Crane

Make-A-Crane featured in Brown Alumni Magazine Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Make-A-Crane was featured in the Brown Alumni Magazine’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide this past Nov/Dec 2016!  Meia began Make-A-Crane thanks to having taken a course on management of nonprofit and industrial organizations at Brown University in her freshman year. Professor Barrett Hazeltine, who has mentored many an entrepreneur at Brown, let Meia write a case study on a fictionalized “May Ah” and her hypothetical business, Make-A-Crane, in liu of a final paper. That fiction turned into reality, of course. Since graduating in 2014, Meia has continued her work as “the crane lady.” Make-A-Crane a.k.a. Meia is very grateful for the recognition.

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Tweeting all about cranes

It’s incredible what one can find on Twitter. Make-A-Crane (aka Meia Geddes) tweets all about cranes through the Twitter handle @makeacrane and also attempts to favorite everything to do with cranes. A qualitative, vaguely quantitative analysis suggests that common themes include:

~Getting tattoos of origami cranes on one’s body
~Making paper cranes out of homework assignments 🙂
~Finding peace in folding cranes
~Surprise at having learned how to make a crane
~Yearning to know how to make a crane
~Making 1,000 cranes for individuals and organizations, often for causes
~Former President Obama’s gift of paper cranes to Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
~Crying when receiving a crane as a surprise gift
~Making the tiniest crane possible
~Making cranes out of any kind of materials
~Encountering beautiful crane mobiles and other lovely installations

Here’s an exquisite, uplifting example of an installation by French designers Maxime Derrouch, Typhaine Le Goff, and Emeline Marty, featured in Boing Boing:

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Please keep making things and creating beauty. Consider taking time to make a crane today. Then give it away. 🙂