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Origami to Astonish and Amuse Paperback – July 6, 2001
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About the Author
Jeremy Shafer has been folding for fifteen years and has created hundreds of original models, each folded from one piece of paper, without cutting. He has been published in major origami journals in the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and has exhibited his work at seven OrigamiUSA conventions. He is a member of the Friends of Origami Center of America and is the editor of the BARF (Bay Area Rapid Folders) newsletter. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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and "Origami Ooh La La": https://www.createspace.com/3523026
I also go by "Jeremy the Juggler" and I earn a living entertaining at county fairs, libraries, schools, birthday parties, etc. You can see more about that by visiting my website: www.jeremyevents.com
In addition to origami and juggling, I am also an avid unicyclist (especially unicycle basketball) and handwhistler (I handwhistle while riding the unicycle!). I also love salsa dancing, improvising on the piano, beatboxing, and singing Mariachi (but not all at the same time!)
Top Customer Reviews
All models here are folded from a single square, no cut. The author emphasize this philosophy, and wrote a quite clear essay about it and encourge the folder-reader to become designer.
Followed are a lot of wonderful models. Besides the very excellent models "Swiss knife", "Nail clipper", etc, and extraordanary models: man swapper, man on the surf, eight interwine ring, eagle balanced on the tip of the mountain (both folded from dollar bill) etc, there are many funny models:
An elephant from behind (so only butts and tail, and tip of nose), a walking man(when spread and flatten the whole paper, the creases become a labyrinth.) One I appreciated most is the "Origami square", fold as followes: Take a Square paper, rotate and rotate and rotate and flip and rotate and rotate, then VOILA, the origami square completes. (I got angry and very happy at the same time when I read this). Moreover, a invisible duck, a car with tires replaced by 4 legs....
The author is so versatile and desperately funny, joyous atmosphere prevails the whole book. Highly recommended.
For those who have been purchasing origami books and getting the usual stuff and would like some unusual subjects, this is definitely the book!
Within the book is divided into 4 main sections: 1) Origami Action (32 models) 2) Symbols, Signs & Stunning Designs (21 models), 3) Models from the Heart (15 models) and 4) Origami for the Almost Deranged (21 models). Most of the subject matters cannot be found elsewhere, in any other origami books.
I find the general format and presentation of the book rather unusual too, rather refreshing. Throughout the book, for every models, there is a section "Thoughts behind the fold". This allows you to get into the mind of the author and possibly ideas for creating your own models.
There are so many models that I am unable to list all of them. Among my favourites are a workable Swiss Army Knife, a nail clipper and slithering snake skin! There are also a lot of action models and this suits me very well as I like action models.
The general complexity ranges from simple to complex. On a range of 1 to 5, with simple (1) and complex (5), I find that most of the models fall in the range of 2. Do not let this fool you, simple models can be very effective and fun to fold too. The final result is astonishing and amusing, much more so that some complex models.
I like to mention too that I had fun with the running car, hey!, running on legs, not wheels! Then you will be taught how to fold the carbon atom that even a rocket scientist could not fold. Do not forget to try folding the invisible duck too! It's a riot!
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Action Models, from beginners (Baby Bird, Men's Suit), intermediate (clapping hands), high intermediate (surfer on a wave), to complex (nail clippers), and in other areas like Symbols and Signs (some billfolds, a pyramid and a balancing eagle that poses at the top of the pyramid), Heart-related origami (Cards, envelopes) and others (like a square base with hands that folded it -a la Escher-).
The book includes tips and ideas to fold variations for the models.
If you are interested in Origami to entertain children and adults, or making not traditional models, this is the book.
I recommended specially for intermediate to expert folders.
The instructions are very easy to follow, though origami does reqire practice and mastery of basic skills. But Shafer provides your basic skills and very easy folds to the more complex folds. Once you master the basics, you'll be on your way to making such crazy models as "Hands Folding a Square Base" and a "Transvestite Puppet."
I very highly recommend this book either to a beginner or to and advanced folder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for my 9 year old who likes doing origami. Though he's not very good at origami, this book inspired him to try some new things. Read morePublished 15 days ago by N. Reigneau-Hawke
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my then 13 yr old boy who loves origami. It is full of fun and creative origami that he hadn't done before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DM & AH
The astonishing aspects of this book have already been covered by other reviews, so in addition to briefly mentioning that my three boys ages 9-11 were completely glued to this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sincerity
Jeremy! I watch you on YouTube all the time! I've subbed and listen to me. DO ANOTHER GIVAWAY!!!… no pressure.Published 2 months ago by Sophie Lee
I was very happy with this item. It meet my expectations and work as described.Published 3 months ago by Gerald D Schure
Written with Jeremy Shafer's wonderfully quirky sense of humor, this book is great for all levels of origami folders. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine L. Carter
Jeremy Shafer is an origami star. His books are great companions to his online video. I recommend this book for young and oldPublished 6 months ago by sohkiak
My son loves this and he is an origami nut! He has several of Shafer's books.Published 6 months ago by Melissa Davis