- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Race Point Publishing (April 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937994402
- ISBN-13: 978-1937994402
- ASIN: 1937994406
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Origami Master Class Flowers Hardcover – April 7, 2014
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"In this collection, ten well-known origami masters present their interpretations of flowers in folded paper. Standouts include Derek McGann's gorgeous orange hibiscus, which is treated with water to make the petals ruffle like the actual flower; Delrosa Marshall's stunning bougainvillea, which captures the fragile nature of the plant's leaves; and Daniel Robinson's bleeding heart, which shows a stem of the plant in a variety of stages of bloom. Most of the artists use a variety of specialty papers or techniques to give their creations a realistic look and the complicated flowers are folded separately from the stems and leaves and then assembled. Each component is fully diagrammed with textual instructions and the book includes a guide to origami symbols. VERDICT This isn't a guide for beginnersâ?¬â?most of the flowers have 20-plus steps and multiple componentsâ?¬â?but intermediate and advanced paper artists will appreciate the challenge, as well as the opportunity to try new materials and techniques." â?¬â? Library Journal
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The models in this book are designed by some of the world's most talented origami artists from around the world, including four members of the Board of Directors of OrigamiUSA:Robert Lang Shuki Kato Jason Ku Sebastian Arellano Won Park Marc Kirschenbaum Dan Robinson With diagrams by Marcio Noguchi
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This book really reminds me of a crudely-published house publication from Origami USA back in the days when it was known as Friends of the Origami Center of America. The book was called Origami Bouquets and one of the authors was Alice Gray who taught me my first origami models as a child. This was a book not just about folding flowers but also leaves and how to assemble them into a finished whole which could then become part of a bouquet. This is a much more sophisticated version of that book as each flower also comes with accompanying leaves, and assembly instructions.
But this is not a book for the "purist" many of the flowers are multi-sheet affairs and often need to be folded from shapes other than squares. And of course glue is necessary to hold everything together. That being said, the results of properly-folded models are stunning and even the models I don't really like still have a beauty which I appreciate. The real rub is that all the subjects in this collection really require special paper without which they either can't be completed or are in danger of falling apart. Common Kami (origami paper) is good for practice but is really not up to the task of display-worthy finished works. This is generally true anyway but it goes double here.
Models include: Sweet Pea, Bouganvillea, Narcissus, Six-Petal Lily, Hibiscus, Kawasaki's Rose, Orchid (Cattleya-type), Zinnia, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) and Dr. Lang's Rose. Of these probably the most coveted (according to my reading around the Web) is Robert Lang's Rose. Toshikazu Kawasaki's Rose is also wonderful but has been published elsewhere. The Bleeding Heart is also wonderful because you get a stem and four flowers from a single uncut square of paper.
This book is a wonderful and colorful edition to any advanced origami enthusiast's collection. Definitely not a good choice for anyone below the high-intermediate level unless they have patience and like a challenge. If you can fold Robert Lang's Lionfish, this book is probably for you.
Recommended for beginners, intermediate even to advanced origami aficionados!
The shapes and figures are beautiful!
The diagrams and figures explain in detail how you need to bend every corner to set your work of art alive!