heidi kenney
What does the name “My Paper Crane” come from?
The first time I tried origami, I was making a paper crane. When I was finished I was so amazed that a simple square of paper could be turned into something so beautiful! The name My Paper Crane tries to embody that thought, the idea of taking something simple (wether it be fabric, paper, etc.) and turning it into something amazing.

Hello I am Heidi Kenney, a self-taught artist who creates plush and 3D soft sculptures, happy (& sometimes very sad) plush veggies, donuts, toilet paper rolls, and other everyday food & household items. I was born in Washington DC, and currently lives in Pennsylvania. I started my company and website, My Paper Crane, in 2001 so I would have a place to blog and showcase the plush toys I was making. I have worked closely with Kidrobot to create keychains, pillows, and clothing based on my food designs. Yummy Donuts, Yummy Breakfast, and Yummy Dessert.

My work has been featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Print magazine. I have participated in group exhibitions across the globe including Tokyo, Australia, and The United Kingdom. I recently had my third solo show in Chicago IL. I’ve gathered some of my press from the last 9 years below if you’d like to take a look.

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