It all started with a short article in the latest FiberArts magazine about an artist in Scotland who is collecting paper boats from around the world for an auction to benefit a house museum in her area called Mary-Ann's Cottage. One night this week when I couldn't sleep, I decided to try my hand at folding a boat and now I'm hooked on the little vessels. I even made one to give as a birthday card to my father's 94 year old wife.
The challenge of creating a little fleet to send off to Scotland made out of digital photos I've taken on the Oregon Coast is only part of the allure. It has more to do with participating in something bigger than myself that brings together creative people from all around the world who are forever connected by the simple task of folding paper. When we feel a connection with those in distant places we realize the differences between us are not what matters. Helping to save a little cottage in Scotland by folding a paper boat touches on the essence of what makes us all the same.