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Origami: The Art of Paper Folding Hardcover – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Glen Publishing (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592231934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592231935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gay Merrill Gross first became interested in origami through unfolding the napkins encountered in restaurants. Today she is an expert in origami and the related skill of napkin folding. She is a founding member of OrigamiUSA and gives workshops in napkin folding and storytelling with origami. Gay has demonstrated the folding arts on television and video, and is the author of Folding Napkins, Napkin Folds for Special Occasions, and three introductory books on origami. She lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Overall, I recommend this to anyone who is interested in Origami.
Anna L. Taylor
This gem of a book has delightful projects that are so clearly diagrammed and explained that success is all but guaranteed.
Rachel Katz
This book comes with good quality paper and a nice storage area for you to keep it in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on August 8, 2005
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This is a delightful little book. The only negative I have to offer is that it comes--in a growing tradition--grossly over packaged. Although described as "hardbound," in fact it is a soft bound book of 64 pages inserted into a hardbound cover which includes a huge plastic pack that would easily accomodate about 200 sheets origami paper. There are only 25 sheets, however. While I admit that this would allow the enthusiast to store additional sheets safely, I feel that the intent was more to impress the purchaser. That always irritates me, irrational as that may seem.

That said, however, I have to admit that there is very little to complain about. 25 sheets of origami paper might easily cost a dollar or two, depending upon variety, so the book, it's admittedly attractive packaging, and the paper are very reasonably priced. Most of the designs are rework of those seen elsewhere, but the updates are attractive. Even more attractive are the author's suggestions for use. So often one finds very clever folding patterns with little apparent application. I admit that to the purist, the challenge of the design is an end in itself, but I'm one of those practical types who needs to find a "use" for most crafts. Ms Gross seems to have the same turn of mind, for she has presented a wide variety of suggestions.

There is something here for almost everyone. For the flower enthusiast, there are several floral arrangements, and several clever containers for them. For the card maker, there are a number of very clever objects intended for cards, placecards and envelopes. For the scrapbook crafter, there are a number of items that might well decorate your pages. For the purse maker, there is a lovely handbag, a little coinpurse, and a small book suitable for an address book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Cousins on August 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This new origami book comes with a different cover, which display the simple models that will be presented in the book, they are all extra easy to do.

Do not buy this book, if you expect to get the diagrams for the models in the photo which are: a hearth postcard, a Kawasaki'rose,and an advance box,because none of them are in the little book, it has 22 very simple and easy models. This is a very expensive book, not worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Katz on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Gay Merrill Gross has done it again. This gem of a book has delightful projects that are so clearly diagrammed and explained that success is all but guaranteed.

No special paper is needed so once the supply that comes with the book was exhausted, memo cube paper, copy paper etc. made for charming results. The picture index at the back is particularly helpful and the full color plates are inspiring. Also, there are diagrams for everything pictured in the book and on the covers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TERRY LIPTON on July 21, 2005
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This author seems to have a talent for selecting the most appealing designs and pairing them with the clearest to follow instructions. Every model in this book offers a bonus of being both functional and fun.

I used beautiful Japanese paper to make the Paper Pouch and gave these as gifts to friends to use as a card case for credit cards and business cards.

I taught my nephew how to make the case and he immediately used it to hold his library card and bus pass. Now he wants to make one for each of his friends.

Following the Notebook instructions, I used a map to make the cover for a travel journal for my frequently traveling friend. My niece made the same Notebook with a cover folded from giftwrap and used it as an autograph book at her grade school graduation.

My favorite project in the book is the Basket of Flowers. This colorful arrangement is made entirely of paper and requires no glue or tape or wire. It's easy to make and makes a lovely hostess or thank you gift, or to cheer up a sick friend.

I am looking forward to trying the Heart and Flower greeting cards - these are cleverly created without a drop of glue! The book even shows you how to make a clever origami envelope.

If you do scrapbooking or make handmade cards, there are many designs in this book that will add unique touches to personalize your pages. There is a flat version of the Flower Basket, a wreath that can be used as an ornament or a picture frame, and a clever Envelope that can be attached to a scrapbook page to hold small mementos.

In the final pages are several action toy origami models: a Spinner, a Fluttering Butterfly, a Beating Heart, and a Flapping Parrot.
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