Boxed kit with 64-page book
Tuttle Publishing ISBN: 9780804849241
This is an 8.5” square box, containing a 6×8” booklet with instructions for 14 projects, 48 double-sided sheets of 15cm origami paper and over 185 stickers with which to decorate your models. The title describes the theme very aptly, you get a variety of rockets & planes, a space shuttle, a space probe, a space pod and others. The stickers are small but cheerful & bright and perfect for decoration.
The paper is a little thin for my taste and you need to look at the graphic contents page to figure out which sheet goes with which model. I’m a little dubious about this, since it in effect removes the choice from the folder, unless of course they decide to fold a model with the “wrong” paper. I’d suggest a 50/50 split of themed and more general paper would be ideal.
The author, John Szinger, is described as “an origami artist, engineer, designer, software developer and musician”. From his website he’s clearly an active designer and origami academic – he is seeking funding for “Foldinator” – a software application for “visualising objects made by the sequential folding of flat sheet materials”. You can check him out at www.zingman.com. The diagrams are clear and whilst the steps are necessarily small due to the format of the book, I can still read them without glasses (currently my test for the scale!)
The models are, in my estimation, perhaps a little too complicated for the beginners market that the packaging indicates as the target, with swivels and reverse-folds galore, but I’m aware there are many teenagers who can fold me under the table these days. There will also be plenty of origami adults who have a lot of fun with this book. Still, I feel the opening model (or two) should be simple and here, the first model has 6 reverse folds on each of 4 flaps.
I hate to moan further, but a UK retail price of £13 seems slightly high for what you get, Tuttle’s own “Complete Origami Kit” contains 2 Books, 96 Papers, 30 Projects and only costs a tenner. But they know their price points better than I do.
The Paper Puzzle Book : All You Need is Paper! by Ilan Garibi, David Goodman, Yossi Elran
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Paperback: 264 pages / 5.9 x 8.3 inches ISBN-10: 9813202416
Books of paper puzzles date back to the 19th century, when titles such as “101 Things To Do On A Winter’s Evening” were one of the few forms of home entertainment in an era before the internet, CDs, radio, TV, gramophones and so forth. Almost inevitably they included puzzles based around paper. Whilst the times they have a-changed, there is still great fun to be had in playing with paper.
This book brings the concept right up to modern times, with mathematical and geometric explanations for 99 puzzles. The contents include Origami Puzzles, 3D Folding Puzzles, Möbius strips, Sequence Folding, Strips of Paper, Flexagons, Fold and Cut puzzles, “Just Cutting” puzzles, Overlapping Paper Puzzles, More Fun with Paper, origami puzzles, paper toys and even magic.
The three authors met at the Weizmann Institute of Science, during a recreational math, puzzles and games conference. Ilan is well known in the world of origami. David designs and crafts puzzles, mostly out of wood, and runs many puzzle workshops. Yossi is a recreational mathematician, interested in puzzles and the math behind them, and believes that puzzles are an excellent way to stimulate our brains They were all inspired by the great writer, philosopher and puzzler, Martin Gardner. Together, they have developed a naming system for the different kinds of puzzles and mapped out a landscape for ‘paper puzzles’, giving examples in each category.
It’s an ideal book for me, because the puzzles are largely practical in nature rather than academic – you don’t need a qualification in maths to enjoy it. The puzzles are thought-provoking and have an indicated degree of difficulty. Highly recommended!
There is a preview here.
Scanning some negatives from the last century 😉
I’m now the sole retailer of wooden folding tools from Hans Werner Guth in the known universe. Read more here!
I was commissioned by Museums Sheffield to help supply origami doves for an event they were organising. I supplied instructions and they had a team of volunteers making smaller birds, while I assembled the larger ones. Visitors were encouraged to add their own messages to the smaller birds.The results were very impressive!
all images © Museums Sheffield
My latest book is now available (in French or Italian) – “Cats in Origami” – more details here
Some time ago I was approached by a film company who wanted to use my “elephant” design in a film called “Across the river“. The synopsis: Emma is a successful lawyer with a loving husband, two children and a beautiful home. Ryan is trying to build an elephant out of sand on the beach. He was her first love, it ended badly many years ago, and now a chance meeting reunites them.
The film was released in 2016 and I was recently sent some images of my contribution, having only just remembered 😉 Here they are. The model was modified somewhat, but played an important part in the imagery of the film. I’m now going to find it on DVD 😉
I must be now, having had this request
This is to introduce myself as an autograph collector. I am a great admirer of your achievement which has made the landmark in the history It is my humble request to you self to please send me your an Autographed Photos or letter for my collection and oblige kindly accept my gratitude and thanks for the same in advance, with kind regards
Emmanuel John Patras
Given the unlikely success of the English football team, we had a session in Watercliffe Meadow school making flags and shields to wave for the big match later today.
We have said goodbye to Francis Ow, who is at peace after a battle with cancer. He was my friend for nearly 30 years, although sadly, we never met. His creativity was only matched by his courage and huge spirit. My heart goes out to his family.
You can leave a tribute on his website, which will continue to be maintained.
I’ll compose a proper obituary when I can think more clearly.