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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with DVD edition (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804841195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804841191
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This magnificent work shows that origami is more than the sum of its folds. By weaving together art, history, music, Zen, his own life's journey and a collection of elegant, distinctive origami works, Engel reveals the spirit within this magical art. Origami Odyssey is a spectacular accomplishment, a work of art in itself, and a worthy successor to Engel's iconic Folding the Universe."—Robert J. Lang, author of Origami Design Secrets

"Peter Engel has done it again! Engel's streamlined aesthetic resonates with the simplicity of Japanese ink painting, garden design, and haiku. In Origami Odyssey he expands the frontiers of origami design still further and shares his secrets through easy-to-follow explanations and diagrams. My family has delighted in making these magical representations of the cosmos and the natural world."—Melissa Rinne, Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Asian Art Museum

"Peter Engel's origami designs sing for themselves: creations of elegance, whimsy, and surprise. Origami Odyssey is an extraordinary celebration of the shared territory where art, nature, geometry, and imagination come together and play."—Tom Rockwell, Director of Exhibits, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

"This is an important, long-awaited book from one of the intellectual leaders in the field of origami art and science. Origami Odyssey is creative, has great models, and is food for the mind as well as the fingers. For an inspirational and thought-provoking journey into the essence of origami, look no further."—Tom Hull, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Western New England University, author of Project Origami

"Life and nature are the inspiration; origami is the passion. Peter Engel's book invites you to explore how a single sheet of paper can evoke wonder in your heart."—Kimber Simpkins, author, Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor

About the Author

Peter Engel has been creating original origami designs for over three decades. He has exhibited his origami artwork and sculpture at the Gettysburg College Art Museum in Pennsylvania, the Asian Art Museum and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and Seian University of Art and Design in Otsu, Japan. A licensed architect, he lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and two children.

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The origami designs of Peter Engel are known to paperfolding enthusiasts worldwide. The author of Folding the Universe and its re-issued edition, Origami from Angelfish to Zen, Engel has exhibited his origami artwork and sculpture at Gettysburg College Art Gallery, the Asian Art Museum and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and Seian University of Art and Design in Japan. Engel is an architect in Berkeley, California with a practice specializing in sustainable design, schools, museums, and affordable housing.

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Kudos Mr. Engle.
Colin Morell
I have access to thousands of models, much more than I can ever fold.
Garibi Ilan
The negative aspects of this book are mostly taste issues for me.
Jody Jaggers

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jody Jaggers on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While I understand the critical reviews posted thus far, I think the reviewers have not been completely fair to Mr. Engel's latest book. As my title states, this is first and foremost not a book for beginners. Most of the models are not complex, but there is a very limited basic folding section and Mr. Engel's diagramming style requires a fairly solid grasp on all of the fundamentals of Origami. Also, the introduction is probably of more interest to a seasoned folder, or one interested in going beyond just basic folding and learning how one's personal journey can and does influence one's art. Peter Engel has been designing Origami models for decades now and at least to me, it is useful to learn a little bit about an artists history and perspective to better appreciate not just his/her art, but the form in general.

So what is to like about the book. Let me begin with the most obvious: presentation. The book is beautiful! Right now, Tuttle and Passion Origami in France have the highest production standards in the Origami world. Every book they publish is both beautiful to look at and flip through, is laid out immaculately and is very durable (origami books tend to be opened and laid flat a lot to follow directions). This book is no exception. Secondly, the model selection while not necessarily "complex" by today's standards (none of them are over 81 published steps with most averaging between 30 and 60), they are all mostly interesting. The only one I have folded at the time of this writing is the Sun and it is excellent. Other models that appeal to me though are the Owl, Bat, Sea Turtle and Waves, just to name a few. The leaves section is interesting in that Engel explores asymmetry in folding to achieve a more natural (read "accurate") looking model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Lott on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Of my 90+ origami books, this book ranks easily in my top 10, and counts as one of two of Peter Engel's books I rate as "must-reads" for origami enthusiasts and artists. If you've read Engel's previous book, Origami from Angelfish to Zen (Dover Origami Papercraft), aka _Folding the _Universe_ (and if you haven't, I strongly suggest you do; it is a must-read, more a Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid of origami than "an origami book," and as essential in its own way as the much more explicitly mathematical Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, Second Edition by Robert Lang), then you will have some idea what to expect from _Origami Odyssey_, and probably own it already based on your experience with the first.

For the uninitiated, _Origami Odyssey_ isn't your typical origami book. It has diagrams; but they aren't standard fare, instead they are recognizably Engle's original designs... they have a particular aesthetic quality that stands out more than those of many origami designers. There's information about the history of origami, but not the potted history most have... Engel's history is the story of his personal odyssey, from his beginnings as a folder to his time with the master, Akira Yoshizawa, and through his Indian journeys and the spell they cast upon him.

Engel shares, with great candor, the deep personal connections between his personal life and the art and aesthetics of origami.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Morell on July 31, 2011
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"Origami Odyssey, a Journey to the Edge of Paperfolding" by Peter Engle is a wonderful book. Living up to "Folding the Universe" (Engle's previous Origami tome, a landmark work in technical difficulty and philosophy in western paperfolding), or supassing it, is a difficult task for any Origami artist and author yet Engle accomplishes both. Engle's models in this book, especially the leaves, encompass the true heart of Origami. The models remind the viewer immediately of the real leaf, creating recognition of nature, a spark of life. The models would appear simple (how difficult can a leaf be?), but are actually very complex. In this way the models mirror the real world, where the biological processes involved in the evolution and growth of a leaf are varied and incredibly complex. Engle has perfectly captured the paradox of Origami, simple designs with incredible complexity, artificial constructs that pay homage to the natural world, strict confines in medium (one uncut square) in which the entire universe can be folded. Kudos Mr. Engle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Easterbrook on September 24, 2012
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Wonderfully printed book with complete instructions. The objects seem original and very inspiring. I enjoy have the triangle, square, black diamond ratings so one knows what to expect and maybe better off tackling the simpler models first and not getting so discouraged in trying the black diamond. The video is very helpful and is so useful in learning how to interpret the instructions. I still have trouble with the 2D pictures and then working with 3D paper model(and why doesn't mine look like the picture?).
I encourage more people to try Origami. You will appreciate what masters some of these authors are, and what a good brain exercise with just a piece of paper and instructions. Car airbags and NASA satelites are folded by origami experts. Try buying a package of sandwich wrappers (they are a good size and already square), buy wrapping paper and cooking parchment for a variety of sizes and textures and spend some time with the wonder of how a flat piece of paper can be transformed into multilegged creatures. You might wonder about life starting with a single, uniform cell and becoming living creature.
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