Lou A. Adams, M.F.A.
The ancient tradition of handfolding Japanese papers into cranes embraces a prayer for peace, long life, good fortune and personal happiness. Every year 1000 cranes are folded as an offering for a wish to be granted. Folding cranes is an act of praying for peace in troubled times.
"When I first learned to fold a peace crane, I became obsessed and couldn't stop folding. I thought I could fold enough to prevent war. After the war began, I realized folding was a way of holding peace in the moment. I began praying. I have been folding for 9 years. As time passes, it becomes more important to hold a space for peace."
Artist Lou Adams holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School, 1985. She has resided in Sedona, Arizona since 1988. Her great love is painting, and has recently been inspired by a friend to play with fabrics.
"I needed to put something out into the world that sparked a spiritual consciousness. I began a new body of work in my paintings and started offering peace cranes at craft fairs. This took me to visit the winter home of the sandhill cranes at the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Preserve in New Mexico, where 19,000 cranes fill the skies. I witnessed a larger cycle of life and was transformed. My work reflects the losing of the self into a greater purpose."
All of Lou's work is available through Honshin Fine Art's two galleries at the
Tlaquepaque Arts Village in Sedona, Arizona:
The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance (Suite A-117); and,
The Gallery of the Ascending Spirit (Suite C-205).
Her origami work may also be seen in the feature film: