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Advanced Origami: More than 60 Fascinating and Challenging Projects for the Serious Folder Paperback – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552095274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552095270
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like trends, crafts come and go, depending on public whim--but also depending on the proclivities of writing and teaching artisans. Origami is achieving its umpteenth revival, having spawned at least half a dozen books over the past 18 months. And Boursin dispenses almost entirely with the basics, preferring to target more than 60 projects. Levels of difficulty are indicated, but only in the table of contents, and each item includes a color photograph and illustrated instructions. Words are kept at a minimum, and crafting hands must possess some degree of dexterity, not to mention a fundamental understanding of the medium. Many practical items are featured, including boxes of almost every shape, wallets, greeting cards, and a serving dish. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author

Didier Boursin lives in Paris and has published several books on origami.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By JA Ivy on January 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Like other reviewers have stated, this book doesn't come even close to being targeted toward advanced folders. In fact, I'm sure most beginners could pick up this book and fold pretty much anything in it.
Yes, there are some practical models, but these are mediocre at best.
My main complaint is the way the author "cheats" on his models. Many, many, many models use odd sized paper (yeah, this maybe okay occasionaly, but he uses this too often.) By using non-square paper, the author is either trying to make it easier on the reader (Why? Isn't this an "advanced" book) or, more likely, is trying to cover up his ineptness at folding.
What is even more frustrating is his liberal use of the "scissors" icon, signalling the folder to cut a portion of the paper during the folding process. Not only is this a slap in the face to true folders, but it is just another way the author is "cheating." For example, the model for the grasshopper requires the folder to, get this, literally cut out legs and antennae! Yes, insects and other many-legged creatures can be difficult to fold, but 1)this is an "advanced" book and 2)to me at least, if you're cutting the paper to make legs, you are no longer in the realm of "origami."
Finally, despite what other reviewers have said, I don't think the diagrams are all that great nor are the pictures that beautiful. You are much better off buying any other origami book than this.
One more thing...WAY too many paper airplanes!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Light on January 30, 2001
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This is a pretty good book, mostly focused on "practical" origami, with models such as envelopes, wallets, letter holders, etc. These models are fairly nice and useful as well. The few animal models are un-inspired and better versions can be found elsewhere.
There are some nice photographs and the diagrams are pretty good.(although non-standard notation does pop-up)
The title however is VERY misleading. This is an advanced-beginner to intermediate-level book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sen Peng Eu on February 5, 2001
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I agree with Alan's review above, the title of this book is very misleading. When I first got this book I was quite disappointed that the designs here are not advanced. In fact, they are too easy to fold for advanced and experianced folders (for me they only ranked at too-easy to intermediate level). But just forget about it and then I find this book contains the richest practical origami models in a single book so far. These wonderful models are collected in the first half of the book. We can learn how to fold a purse, a clip holder, a booknote, a bookmarker, etc. In fact now my clipholder and bookmarker are folded as this book did by myself. In my opinion this part is this book's (true) merit. Models in the latter half are a bit trite and too easy. If you are interested on the practical usage of origami, this is a 5 star book. If not, this is only 3 stars. So take an average, 4 stars ^^
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2001
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I must agree with the other reviewers. The models in this book are not advanced, but it does have some wonderful practical origami. The diagrams are very clear and the photographs are great as well. The models in the second half of the book are nothing special though there are a couple of nice airplanes. If you are interested in practical origami, by all means buy this book; just keep in mind the models are at an intermediate level at best.
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My experience with the Didier Boursin books generally is that he usually has some decent origami, and also what would more appropriately be called artistic papercraft. It's not necessarily the author's fault that the publisher (who controls the physical production and marketing) chose a title with the popular and familiar word "origami". If Boursin's books were titled "........Origami and Papercraft" (or something similar), there would probably be less griping, since he does usually have both. Also, for all I know, folders in France aren't as sticky about a few cuts. The author makes what he likes to make. You can choose to focus just on his straight origami models, or try a few of his other interesting designs. For this book specifically, there are a lot of models I'm not interested in, but that's not his fault--that's my personal taste. However, I agree that all the paper planes, and some other items, are more about variety in style rather than the complexity of the folding, so yeah--certainly not advanced overall.
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