PHOTOS: 1,000 Cranes Made From Recycled Military Uniforms

Jul 9, 2016

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One Artown event last year brought community members together to fold paper cranes out of recycled military uniforms. Now, the 1,000 cranes make up the “Combat Paper: Prayers And Wings” exhibit at Northwest Reno Library. Our reporter Anh Gray visited the library last year during one of these workshops. Let’s listen back to that story.

According to a Japanese legend, one wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes.
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“When people are engaged in the creative process, they’re using their right brain and this helps them access emotions they, perhaps, can’t verbalize,” says therapist Katie Peacock-Dutt who works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.
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For Tina Drakulich, using combat paper for artistic expression has a deeply personal significance because of her son David, who died in Afghanistan in 2008 at age 22.
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A few years later, David's family founded the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation, and the organization is now sponsoring this exhibit.
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Tina Drakulich says in order to make this special "combat paper" she had to cut-up David’s uniform into postage-stamp size pieces to process through a paper mill. It was an emotional experience that she says felt symbolic of sharing the burden of her pain with a larger community.
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