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Unit Polyhedron Origami Paperback – September 15, 2006
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About the Author
TOMOKO FUSE is a respected member of Origami USA, the British Origami Association and the Japan Origami Association. She is also the author of some of JPT's bestselling origami books, including Fabulous Origami Boxes, Quick & Easy Origami Boxes, and Origami Boxes.
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I am currently working my way through all of the models in this book, and I am really enjoying the gradual way that Tomoko Fuse introduces new models. She groups obvious types together in the book's sections, and methodically explains (by text, diagram and picture) each unit from simple to complex variation. Instructions include the type/name of the structure, level of difficulty, size of the paper needed, number of each type of paper unit required, a three-dimensional diagram of the polyhedral structure (for more complex structures) and assembly diagrams that show how the pieces fit together. All of the instructional images are in color so it is easy to differentiate between front and back of each paper unit, and to tell the difference between units in the assembly diagrams.
This book presents reusable paper unit types that are creatively put to use in the models in a number of different ways. For instance, I like the way I can create colorful joints that add to the overall presentation of each piece. I especially like the "Various Methods of Assembling Double-Sided Hexagonal Rings" section where Fuse explains how to take the traditional polyhedral structures she has taught and extend their shapes creatively in order make new designs. In general, there are enough variations of each type in all sections that I do not feel like I am working through the drudgery of the same projects over and over as I have with some other books.
Overall, this is an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in exploring polyhedron models with origami.
The modular pieces are relatively simple to fold. While the construction of such complex polyhedrons may seem a bit daunting at first, the inclusion of models containing relatively few pieces, (ranging from 12-30) are particularly instructive (and beautiful when complete).
A word to the wary folder: while these modules are easy to fold, modular origami often requires the inclusion of large numbers of individual pieces to create the beautiful works in the book. If you aren't particularly excited about folding a minimum of 30 pieces (and more often over 60), you may want to look into something else.
That being said, this is a GREAT book on modular origami construction.
Two little problems: (1) My book kind of fell apart after using it for about 2 weeks (the glue must have been bad), and (2) for some of the bigger models it's really hard to figure out how to put them together so that you don't end up with wrong colors (e.g. stars made of units in 3 different colors, and never having the same color next to itself).
I bought this book completely blindly, I had absolutely no reference, and I loved it. The pictures are great, the diagrams are very well drawn and easy to follow. Also, there's a very good amount and variety of origamis that you can make.
This is the only book by Tomoko Fuse I own, but I heard that her other books are great too. My next origamy book will surely be one of hers!
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