- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with DVD edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805312262
- ISBN-13: 978-4805312261
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder: Full-Color Origami Book with 26 Projects and 2 Instructional DVDs: Great for Kids and Adults! Paperback – April 30, 2013
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"LaFosse and Alexander have observed and passionately captured the essence of the butterfly with their exceptional designs. These magnificent butterflies undergo their metamorphosis in the authors' hands." —Reiko Nishioka, Director of Education at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
"Noted origami experts LaFosse and Alexander focus on folded-paper butterflies in this elegant how-to guide. After presenting the basic architecture for an origami butterfly, the authors provide a number of variations, most named after well-known origami enthusiasts. Fully illustrated step-by-step directions for each butterfly are included, and five hours of video instruction are provided on the enclosed DVDs."— Library Journal
"You cannot go wrong with any book by these authors, much less with this delightful collection of origami butterflies!" —Origami Spirit blog
"Within a couple of days I folded over a dozen butterflies from the book. It meant less sleep than I need to stay sane, but one or two nights of that are okay. Anyone who's visited an origami convention can probably relate. And it was so immensely fun and energizing to fold those absolutely amazing butterflies." —Origami USA
"LaFosse and Alexander have built up an enviable reputation for producing top quality origami products, carefully and expertly crafted for folders of all levels. Their work is an inspiration." —Nick Robinson, author of Origami Kit For Dummies and World's Best Origami
"This book lends itself well to folders of all levels—including but definitely not exclusively for beginners. The designs are beautiful, elegant, a total eye-catcher." —The Fold blog
"The combination of butterflies, origami and Michael LaFosse cannot be anything but magical. I guarantee that this book will enchant you." —Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment and former Chief Evangelist at Apple
"These pages present a kaleidoscope of colorful origami butterflies. The authors uphold the philosophy of Akira Yoshizawa sensei, who opened LaFosse's eyes to origami's endless possibilities, which you can now also explore." —Dave Brill, former President of the British Origami Society, and author of Brilliant Origami
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.
Richard L. Alexander co-founded the Origamido Studio with Michael G. LaFosse in 1996. He has been the chief papermaker since 2003 and is a frequent collaborator with other famous paper artists. Together, Alexander and LaFosse have created dozens of origami exhibitions, and over 70 books, kits and videos about paper and paper arts.
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I experimented with some different papers to see what would produce the best results. My favorite was a butterfly that I made using tissue paper thin mulberry paper. I used two different colored sheets and folded them as one and the result was gorgeous. I am a scrapbooker and have a lot of different papers on hand, so it was fun to experiment. I did find the thicker papers were harder to produce a nice crisp butterfly.
The photos are big and beautiful. The instructions are about as clear as can be, and are also printed nice and large so that they are easy to follow. For the more challenging folds that can't easily be represented in line drawings, there is the DVD to help teach you.
I love this book so much I bought the Kindle version, too. The patterns are harder to follow on a Kindle, so I wouldn't start there: learn the patterns from the print book, and use the Kindle edition to "take the patterns with you" when you travel.
Get this book. You can't go wrong.
I’ve made butterflies previously, using other instructions, but somehow they never came out exactly right because the instructions were not as clear as these. Something I really appreciate is that after the first butterfly or so, Mr. LaFosse doesn’t assume you’re a pro, he continues to provide the same good instructions as in the first project with additional helpful hints along the way. I found one little boo-boo: The written instructions for the Jan Polish butterfly leave out the inside reverse fold after step 14. The DVD includes it.
It would be great if the author included papers like those he used; but of course that would raise the cost of the book by a good deal since his creations use archival paper, hand-made paper, special fine art paper, acid-free paper, etc. You can find a wide variety of good quality paper, and maybe it won’t last a lifetime, but it will last long enough. Still, it would be nice....... But look out -- you’ll want to buy more and better origami paper as you get more proficient. This book would make a nice gift for your origami friends!
Also, it's hard to "mess up," since the result will basically just be different color variations no matter what you do.
It's exactly what I wanted: an attractive butterfly design to make for my friends.
It's more than I wanted: there are moth designs I like, too.
Then, there's even *more* that I want: the option to get creative and come up with my own (with relative ease based on the foundation designs) once I grow tired of the ones I liked right at the start.