one thousand origami bunnies

A few months ago I started working on a project that I've wanted to do for a really really long time and I'm so excited to finally share it with everyone!

so here we go... I'm making 1000 origami bunnies!

 
so many bunnies!!

My goal is to make these bunnies and use them to bring attention to how badly the myxomatosis virus is affecting pet rabbits and the need for the myxomatosis vaccine to be legalised in Australia. Each origami bunny I make will represent an Australian pet bunny lost to myxo.

So this is where you come in, if you live in Australia and have lost a bunny to myxo I would love to be able to dedicate one of the origami bunnies to the memory of your pet. To be involved please leave a comment with your bunny's first and last name (family name) and the year they passed away or you can email me with your bunnies details at sallyland@live.com.au with "origami bunny" as the subject. I'll be keeping an updated list of all the bunny names here on my blog.

These little bunnies will be displayed in Melbourne in July 2013 as part of the very rabbity exhibition I'm putting together with Emma Leonard. I'll be posting more on this soon so stay tuned for updates.

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the pattern I'm using is my favourite rabbit pattern and was created by John Montroll,
it can be found in his book "Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami"

19 comments:

  1. Hey Miss Sally, you rock :) We lost Herbert and Bailey both to myxo two years ago, so 2011.

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    1. thanks mandy! I'll put their names on the dedication list xx

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  2. Beautiful Sally!!!
    Rex 1999, Felix 2001 and Hugo 2006.

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  3. This is an amazing project, good on you =3
    Chester 2010

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    1. thank you! chester's name has been added to the dedications xx

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  4. Hi Sally, how beautiful and what an amzing idea. Four of our family died of the horrid virus Xmas 2010; Jasper (3 yrs old), Poppy (2 yrs old?), Baby Violet (3 mnths), and Jack Sparrow (3 months). I was so sad as we had just rescued a pregnany mum as a friend for our Jasper, and this virus killed her and two of her babies :(
    Thank you, Carrie Mabbit

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    1. thank you for your comment Carrie, I'm sorry you lost so many family members to this disease. it's so so so unfair.
      I've just added their names to the dedication list ♥♥♥

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    2. A lovely idea - I get so upset that we can't immunize. Our family has lost Greyabelle and Honey to myxo. Our current rabbit, Chance,lives indoors in order to be safe but I often feel that he would love to just be free in our beautiful garden.

      Thank you,
      Janet

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    3. Hi Janet, I just added Greyabelle and Honey's names to the dedication list. Would you like me to add your family name and date for them aswell?

      I keep my bunnies safe indoors too, it's so sad not being able to let them play in the yard. I can't wait for the day when our pets can play safely and i don't have to be so afraid of mosquitos!
      Thank you for sharing your bunnies memory with me xx

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  5. Sally, you are a wonderful person! I have not personally lost a bunny to this hateful disease, but my heart goes out to all the owners, and bunnies who have perished. I have a much loved little Lop bunny aged 9 years old, and I am frightened to let him outside for fear of catching the disease, so he cannot dig and play, and nibble grass as he should. It is an abhorrent disease, and I personally do not think it should be spread to the bunnies in the wild either. Sadly there is no compassion for bunnies in this country.
    Thank you,
    Colleen.

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    1. thank you for your kind words.
      it is so heartbreaking reading all of the lovely emails and comments.
      So many people have been hurt so much by myxo and it's just not ok, even those like you who haven't lost a bunny to myxo are still affected. it's unfair and it makes me so sad.
      I keep my bunnies inside too and I get really stressed if I ever let them outside or when i see a mosquito inside, it's awful.

      Myxomatosis is horribly inhumane and shouldn't be used at all but Australia unfortunately doesn't care for rabbits, I really hope that we can all make a difference to that this year.

      xxx

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  6. Hi. Great project.

    I lost a bunny 'Peter' to myxo a few years ago now. I will never forget the day I had to have him put down. I was in tears carrying him out of the vet wrapped in calico. Since that day, I now keep my rabbits indoors. One of my rabbits is nearly 8 and Im quite proud of that.

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    1. Hi Christine! Peter's name is on the dedication list, thank you for sending his name in. I'm so sorry you had to lose him to myxo.
      would you like me to add a year for him as well?

      keep up the wonderful work with your 8 year old bunny, I have an 8 year old bunny and he lives indoors too, he's so gorgeous I think I'd be lost without him.

      xxx

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    2. Hi Sally

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Lucky for me my daughter has a good memory and we were able to get the year peter died.

      In my diary on 21st January 1999 i wrote "vet hospital - sleep peacefully peter rabbit.

      Could you kindly put 1999 next to peter ewert.

      We are looking forward to your exhibition.

      Keep up the great work.

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    3. I've just added the year next to Peter's name.
      Thank you for sharing his memory with me ♥ ♥ ♥

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  7. Hi Sally,
    lovely idea,
    we lost our rabbit, Stewie Martin-Cogger-Chambers December 2011 to myxo.
    Thankyou for including him.

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    1. thanks for commenting, stewie's name is on the dedication list ♥

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