MLK Day and Origami Cranes

Last week in poster design class we had to design a poster that was a response to the MLK quote:

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

But, we could only use circles, squares, and equilateral triangles. The shapes could also be cut by each other, or put together. Only black, white, and one other color could be used. No gradients, tints, shades, or opacities could be used.

I instantly thought of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” in response to this quote, and I knew I wanted to use birds. I wanted to show the juxtaposition of freedom and captivity, because I feel that love frees and hate imprisons. In my searches of bird images I ran across an image of an origami crane and thought about the process of folding and unfolding and thought it was a nice symbolic reference that fit with everything else I wanted to say. And here’s the final piece: