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A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and Happiness Paperback – August 16, 2011
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Florence appeared many times on television in the U.S., England and Japan. She was the creator of more than 250 original origami designs and traveled in 31 countries where she met with many local artists and artisans. Her books have received numerous awards and are widely recommended by librarians for their clear step-by-step directions that make folding easy for adults and children. Consultant: Mingei International Museum, San Diego, the major resource of origami on the West Coast. Contributor: national and international magazines and newspapers, including the NY Sunday Times, Boston Globe, American Craft, Delta Airlines Magazine, London Daily Telegraph, Paris Figaro. Founder and Board Member of ORIGAMI USA.
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I'm an origami teacher since 1998, an avid collector of origami books and origami paper.
The softcover book measures approx. 7.5" x 7"; the chiyogami paper measures about 7" x 7".
This is an unusual origami book because the first 12 sheets (24 pages) are printed on glossy, clay-coated pages but the remaining 48 sheets (96 pages) of chiyogami are printed on matte paper. The half-inch gutter allows the book to lay flat. Don't be misled by the 120 page count--remember to divide that in half to get the true count of the book = 60 sheets.
I felt the design scale of some patterns overwhelmed the small 7" sheet. There are a variety of floral, animal, geometric, abstract patterns and one the reverse side a good balance of muted pastel and brilliant vivid colors.
Here's what I observed when I tore out one sheet to fold a crane:
1. my sheet was *not* square (minus one star),
2. *not* clay-coated but lightweight (plus one star),
3. feels thinner than plain Japanese kami,
4. 48 different non-repeating design front and back (nice!)
5. perforated edge for easy removal (plus one star)
6. not micro-perforated; leaving a noticeably deckled edge (minus one star),
7. sheet folds well and creases holds a crisp edge (plus one star).
The well-loved origami crane is notoriously difficult for beginners to perfect because of the petal fold. This is a great introduction to learn the origami crane because not only does the text accompany the diagrams, there is some information on live cranes, cranes in art and Sadako Sasaki and nine crane projects. I have a minor quibble that the diagram perfectly show how to fold the neck and tail without using inside-reverse folds but glossed over how to inside-reverse fold the crane's head.
There are instructions how string a thousand cranes and the address where to send the cranes for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (I didn't know that the cranes must be strung together to be accepted at the Hiroshima International School!).
If you are an origami purist for 90-degree perfect 6" square sheets right out of the package, you may be disappointed by the not-so-square 7" chiyogami sheets. However, this book works nicely for the origami enthusiast who loves to collect inspiring, beautiful paper.