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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press (December 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568814518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568814513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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… It is surprising and challenging to see which variety of ornaments can be generated this way out of one single sheet of paper. The procedures are explained step by step and allow to reproduce these interesting planar ornaments. … The surprising and wonderful results are worth the effort. I really enjoyed this exercise … [the book] can be recommended to whoever is interested in the field of planar ornaments and its connection to origami.
—O. Roschel, International Mathematical News (IMN), December 2010

In this gorgeous book, Eric Gjerde has presented clear, easy-to-follow instructions that introduce the reader to the incredible beauty and diversity of origami tessellations.
—Robert J. Lang, June 2008

Here [Gjerde] demonstrates 25 of his favorite designs that use tessellations, geometric patterns that can repeat forever, to make paper surfaces of intricate pleats and folds. For most learners, he says, there is a moment of epiphany after which it all makes sense and they can never go back. Beginning and experienced origamists are welcome.
Reference & Research Book News, May 2009

If Eric Gjerde’s new book Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs needed an alternative title, it might be: Origami: It’s not just for kids any more! Of course origami has never been just for kids, but this book should convince you that you can create some great art using origami techniques. . . . The projects are graded as beginner, intermediate and advanced, but 'beginner' should be interpreted as someone who has previous experience with origami or a strong interest in learning about it, because even the simplest projects include a lot of steps and demand precise folding. But for someone who enjoys doing origami and wants to try some complex projects, the directions are very clear and the photographs of the finished work should serve as an inspiration. 
—Sarah Boslaugh, MAA Online, June 2009

Gjerde’s [book] is as much an art book and is a feast for the eyes on every page . . . It is not standard origami, nor indeed standard tessellation. It takes tessellations into three dimensions and then back into two . . . All pieces are from a single piece of paper, prefolded into the grids. You would not think so when, for example, you have a result that looks like woven strips of tape or a triangular weaving reminiscent of M.C. Escher. 
—John Sharp, The London Mathematical Society Newsletter , May 2009

Origami tesselations in this book means paper folding by repeating special patterns. Explicit instructions are given how to obtain a large variety of origami tesselations of great beauty and difficulty. The results are interesting geometric figures which - however - are presented from an intuitive point of view. ... Several of these origami tesselations are comparable with patterns on a tile floor or the Islamic artwork at the Alhambra in Spain. The reader is invited and inspired for [his or her] own experiments and ideas, especially for creating [his or her] own patterns in the sense of origami tesselations.
—Gertraud Ehrig, Zentralblatt MATH, September 2009

This richly illustrated and easy-to-read handbook is an excellent resource for origami hobbyists. Images from the text could also be used to support classroom discussions of symmetry, tessellation, and multicultural mathematics. ... This book is a valuable resource for origami enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in tessellation-based art.
—Heidi Burgiel, Mathematics Teacher, October 2009

About the Author

When asked by his parents what he wanted to be when he grew up, five-year-old Eric Gjerde replied, "a paperologist." Throughout his childhood and adolescence he enjoyed paper crafts and origami. After preparing for a technology career, Eric kept looking for an artistic outlet to balance his creative side with his professional life. He returned to his childhood love of paper and discovered a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami by exploring and researching new areas of folding--including the geometric art of origami tessellations. He currently balances dual careers as a technology professional and as an artist in Minneapolis.


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Very well detailed and explained step by step.
Carlos Romero
This book is simply beautiful, even the simplest projects are wonderful, the book has excellent diagrams and good photography.
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I made my first real tessellation on the same day I received the book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B. Parker on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book if you are interested in origami tessellations. The book's layout is excellent with many ideas to get you started but not so many so that you feel overwhelmed.
Just watch out if you are expecting such origami tessellations to be similar to conventional origami - they actually aren't, but they are not very difficult to learn, and they are fascinating, especially if you are the type that likes modular origami and are interested in the geometry and patterns.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Janis Cortese on February 21, 2009
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This book is a great primer on the principles of the most gorgeously abstract discipline in origami -- tessellations, repeated patterns in paperfolding that result in a flat planar surface. The pictures are wonderful and illustrate many of the basic ideas, and the directions are clear and will give anyone the grounding they need to branch off on their own and design new tessellations based on the building blocks this volume teaches. The instructions are also clear, and Gjerde is careful to warn the newbie about any pitfalls particular to a diagram.

I can recommend this book to anyone -- but just make sure to purchase some mulberry paper before you open the book, because your fingers will start to itch the minute you finish it!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Yau on April 6, 2009
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Eric Gjerde has been impressing the origami world for years with his amazing tessellations. This is a wonderful book. It covers the whole range of designs, from ones you could pick up in minutes to excitingly-complex ones. For the beginner, the instructions are clear and the photos are gorgeous. If you're an experienced folder, there are designs that will keep you busy for hours watching the design evolve. As an added bonus, it's an excellent resource when your friends ask you to teach them how you folded it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2011
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Unlike so many books with a superlative in the title, this one is at the level of "awe-inspiring." A tessellation is when a design is repeated so that it covers (at least in theory) the plane. Given that their religion prohibited the use of images, Islamic artists concentrated their creative energies on the creation of tessellations. That artwork has great beauty and some of it is successfully mimicked by the paper constructions featured in this book.
You cannot help but be amazed at the talent needed to fold paper so these tessellations are created, including some three-dimensional features. Detailed explanations of how the structures are created are included, but I would have been in over my head if I had tried any. However, experienced paper folders will be able to follow the explanations and create true artwork.
I have read and reviewed several books on advanced origami and to date have always been amazed at the structures that are created. In this book, the level of my amazement has gone up a notch or two.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BibsyP on December 17, 2011
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I bought this book with the belief that it would give me clear instructions with enough explanation on how to fold tessellations. The style of writing is friendly. The images and photos of the designs are glorious but how to actually achieve them seems to be illusive. I found the written instructions made little sense and I am frustrated at the obstacle of trying to make sense of what is being said. It seems to be written for those whose experience is more extensive. I have made some tessellations from other sources and looks like I will have to continue to do so as this book does not solve my problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Holt on February 9, 2013
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I am new to origami and tessellations. I found this book excellent and most helpful. Some of the steps have been difficult, and there have been a few tough moments, but I sought visual help from You tube and was able to solve the problem. The book is well set out, with fantastic photos. The projects are all unique and inspiring. Thumbs up from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sir Benedict on March 31, 2012
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This is a great addition to any origami library. It is preferred I suspect, to have some experience and moderate understanding of origami and tesselations. The directions are clear and well articulated. The pitures provided give a better understanding of the various processes you follow while folding your models. The projects go from front to back in a progressive mannor; beggining, intermediate, and finally advanced. The models are created both by the author Eric Gjerde, and several other masters of the study. I strongly reccomend this book. For the price I consider it a bargain, it is a treasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eyeball on December 8, 2012
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What a book! It shows how to fold complicated origami step by step and starts from easy to difficult. So, if you follows direction, you achieve what you are hoping for. Good buy!
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