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Origami Art: 15 Exquisite Folded Paper Designs from the Origamido Studio [Origami Book, 15 Projects] Hardcover – November 15, 2008
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About the Author
Richard L. Alexander co-founded the Origamido Studio, a teaching center, gallery and design studio in Massachusetts, with Michael G. LaFosse in 1996.
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Top Customer Reviews
LaFosse's books are unique in that they focus on paper and on wet folding. He empahsizes the art of folding, not intricate folds. His patterns tend to have a fairly low number of steps, but in order to generate the desired final product, a lot of time will be spent finishing.
The repetition starts in the "Techniques" section at the front of the book when he talks about making paper. Identical photographs are used in multiple cases between this book and Advanced Origami.
Entirely new patterns not similar to those found in Advanced Origami include a lobster, a fairly weak monk seal design, a great manatee fold, a cormorant, a great penguin, a modular flower requiring several sheets of paper for an un-extraordinary result, a fairly mundane fighter jet, and an amazing alligator. It's basically worth buying the book just for the alligator. Folds that gave me deja vu included the grackle, whale, butterfly, turtle, and orchid. (Sound familiar?)
Anyway, it certainly seems worth having one of LaFosse's books in your library if you're an origami enthusiast. If I had to choose, I'd pick this one. If the first one totally rocked your world, then you'll want to pick this one as well.
These books are for an intermediate or better folder, in my opinion. Complete beginners will probably find them a bit frustrating.
Michael LaFosse is an origami genius, as far as I'm concerned. In this book, he's created not only exquisite, original designs of creatures and objects that have been done many times, but also startlingly novel pieces that I've never seen anyone else do. This book includes favorite animals such as lobsters, manatees, and birds, which have been done before, but have never looked so lovely. It also includes surprises such as the Luna moth, banana slug, and orchid, which are exciting enough in their originality, while also looking fantastic.
Mr. LaFosse and Mr. Alexander are biologists (I believe...?) as well as origami enthusiasts, which makes the pieces even more exciting, since they are often nearly anatomically correct. For example, the slug is equipped with special folds for its breathing area. When you flip the turtle over, the underside looks as realistic as the top shell.
The book also contains a lot of useful, interesting information of making paper, formatting and adjusting paper, preparing origami paper, dyeing paper, wet folding, designing origami, marketing your work, and so on. Basically, everything you ever wanted to know about origami is contained in this book. There are also quick, fascinating blurbs about each project, explaining why they were created, and how, which endears you to the project even more. Paper suggestions are also given. Yet, with all this information, the book never feels crowded or overwhelming.Read more ›
I wish I could someday create something similar.
The second half of the book with details of paper, instructions etc was better.
I felt this book was not focused, it hit so many topics some of which probably would have been better as separate books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I only hope that after much practice, I'll be able to make these beautiful origami examples.Published 5 months ago by Thomas hofius
We purchased this for our grandson who learned some basic origami in school art class and on the internet. The book is large and arrived in beautiful condition. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Roger & Cyndy Wilber
Excelente book with excelent paper and quality. It feels like folding paper as soon as I got the book on my hands.Published on May 7, 2012 by Valentina
Having an interest in Origami for years, this book was very entertaining both for its ideas/ pictures and the instructions.Published on May 3, 2012 by Barb in galveston