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Advanced Origami: An Artist's Guide to Performances in Paper [Origami Book, 15 Projects] Hardcover – July 15, 2005

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"Creating origami art takes more than perfecting folding techniques; it also takes an understanding of the quality of paper and a vision of what can be done. This is an excellent book for advanced high school students, as well as students working at the college or university level." —Art & Activities

About the Author

Michael G. LaFosse has been an origami artist for decades, and is considered a leading authority and master of the art. An avid teacher, LaFosse co-founded the Origamido Studio, a learning center and design studio dedicated to the art of origami, and the only place in the world specializing in hand papermaking for the origami artist. LaFosse co-curated Origami Now!, a wildly popular, year-long exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He was also prominently featured in the recent, Peabody Award-winning film, Between the Folds, by Vanessa Gould.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804836507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804836500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Since learning how to fold fortune-tellers in second grade, I've fallen in love with origami. Until this book, I mostly made cranes and boxes, and avoided books because they all seemed to have variations of the same 10 or 15 shapes.

This book was, however, intriguing at first sight. The hummingbird on the cover looked almost impossibly complex to me, and even the comparatively simple butterfly is more impressive than your average paper crane.

Enough background: what about the actual content?

If you're looking for a quick-and-easy origami book, you're going to encounter a few difficulties:

-As with many step-by-step origami books, there's a complex notation that is sometimes vague. For example, the first hummingbird I made from this book took two hours from start to finish - a combination of misreading the instructions and miscreasing very small folds.

-Many of these shapes simply don't work with standard "printer paper", which tends to miscrease or tear, especially with the more repetitive folds.

-There is a large section of this book devoted to making (e.g., mixing, pressing, and drying) origami paper, which some might find unnecessary.

However:

If you're ready to challenge yourself, and perhaps drive yourself crazy rereading instructions (well-written but never-the-less complex) in pursuit of some really astounding origami, this is THE book you want. From wet-folding (wetting the paper for softer/ sturdier folds) to making very, very small toes on a frog's leg to sharpening a hummingbird's beak to a needle point, the attention to detail is unsurpassed. I haven't tried the origami papermaking myself, although I have made paper in the past, and the instructions in the book seem to be a good quality.

A one-sentence summary: Although frustrating at first, this book has allowed me to appreciate origami on a new level, and the finished pieces make WONDERFUL gifts.
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I ordered this book expecting a collection of fairly advanced diagrams. I was particularly interested in the Cattleya orchid model and the frog, two of my favorite subjects to fold. I was very pleasantly surprised with the book for a number of reasons. The quality of the printing and binding is superb. The diagrams are easy to follow and very thorough. The information on how to produce your own paper to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing results for any model is very nice.
I do have a few very minor issues with the book. The first is that the models designed to be folded with duo colored paper do not have two-tone diagrams. Even though you may be folding with duo paper, it makes folding easier to have a diagram with a two-color scheme. The second issue is more of a personal one. To really achieve the best results from any of these models they need to be wet folded from handmade paper. Standard origami paper or paper foil simply will not produce the results you are looking for. That being said, I am very happy I purchased this book and would recommend it to any origami enthusiast.
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I bought this book this past week, not really sure whether the "advanced" in the title of the book would put me off folding any of the projects within it. I tried the "Koi" as a first model from this book, and even tried my hands at wet folding! The result was great!!

The author has taken pains to explain the steps in detail and has even jotted down points for tweaking the end result and coming up with your own perfect little model.

This book has easily become one of my favorites and I enjoy folding the designs in it. It even has a section on making your paper. Tips on the sizes, colors as well as type of paper to use for folding each of the projects are clearly mentioned. The expected size of the final model is also given, which makes it a lot easier to choose.

The book contains instructions (in the form of diagrams) to fold the following models - north American cardinal, origamido butterfly, koi, sea turtle, squirrel, toco toucan, frog, ruby0throated hummingbird, goldfish, horseshoe crab, cattleya orchid, happy good-luck bat, big brown bat, praying mantis and the panther mask.

My favorite out of these is the cattleya orchid which is a dead ringer for an original, and with the right kind of paper and wet folding, you can do wonders with it!

This book is one for experienced folders and beginners should first try their hands at folding other models / easier stuff before attempting models from this book. The designs in this book range from intermediate to complex.

If you love origami and are keen on having an origami book collection or for that matter want to try your hands at some amazing life like deisgns, this book is a definite 'must-buy'. The designs in this, when combined with the right kind of paper can produce the most captivating models which will leave you satisfied after all the effort you have put it.
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I will try to write this review with the respect the author deserves. From the beginning of the book you will get the sense of the joy he finds in the "Origami Craft" he has mastered. The author wants to take you on this journey, the journey that he knows well and that has given him great joy. But be prepared to be intimidated by the trying to follow a master. The experience is a little like following an olympic skier down the slope. Despite all the great instruction, you may have the legitimate fear that that you will not have the same ride that he has. The author anticipates this and tries to prepare you, but the preparations only serves remind you that he is trying to teach you want it took him much dedication to do.

This being said, if you are a fearless and want to learn from a master, this is a good book. There is much anyone could learn from this book, and the truly dedicated may be richly rewarded. I would not recommend you make this your first Origami book. But it might be a great second if you are hooked on breathing life into paper. I have done some basic origami before and I have an interest in paper craft. My library has several books on making boxes for gifts (which I have done for one Xmas), the paper clock which was a very big effort though not entirely successful, 2 books on pop-up cards which I completed every project (great fun), and origami that flies (elaborate paper airplanes, and a few of them actually flew).

With this book,... I quit after reading the instructional parts leading up to the first project. I felt I wanted to have a good bit of time before jumping in. The author deserve credit for sharing openly, techniques that he has worked to master. Only time will tell how many find the journey as rewarding as the author. - Very best on your journey should you should to accept it!
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