Brincando com ISBN : 85-260-0779-3
This 74 page soft-cover book is devoted to simple origami models, created mostly by Rita, but with some traditional models and a contribution from myself. The text is in Spanish and the diagrams are clear, if somewhat static. As the title suggests, many of the designs are decorative in nature, including several simple modular folds and an interesting modular ring (step 5 and the finished model are shown – can you recreate it?).
This is a good purchase for lovers of simple designs, since there are quite a few originals in there, always refreshing in books of this genre. I’d imagine that you can buy this book through the internet. Rita is to be congratulated for spreading the word so effectively and enthusiastically in South America.
Dover are a succesful craft publisher in the States and have released a number of books by origami authors, Lang and Montroll for instance. One of their companion products is a pack of fluorescent origami paper, “perfect for adding pizzazz to a wide variety of origami models”. The 18 sheets of paper are 15cms square and are fairly square, as things go.
The package itself (a “sturdy shrink-wrapped folder”) is generously large. One hopes the buyer won’t be too disappointed upon opening the pack and seeing the actual paper. I’d also disagree with the printed assertion that “paperfolders everywhere will delight in this riotously colorful selection of fluorescent hues”. It’s a matter of taste, after all.
$5 for 18 sheets of gaudy paper seems a bit steep, even wrapped in a large sheet of card. Had their been a few diagrams within, it might have been more appealing, as well as helped to promote their own books.
Published by Art Market Australia Pty Limited
This book by Ms Aoyagi is perfect for anyone wanting simple, festive designs. The 60 page A4 book is ring-bound and uses landscape format, allowing easy access to the diagrams, which have been neatly and clearly drawn by Justine Pitt. All the usual suspects are present, Santas, snowmen, cards, present boxes, angels and so on. There are ideas for presentation and plenty to do for younger folders. Some of the projects use glue, but it is in keeping with the intended age range.
Shoko herself is a member of both the BOS and NOA (for whom she is a qualified origami instructor). She works as a concept designer and producer of commercials in Tokyo. In places, the language is a little stilted and might benefit from the odd bit of anglicising, but this is a minor carp and I wish the author every success. Many thanks to the publishers for a review copy, sent to the BOS library.
My brother Simon took this shot in Bristol 2009
An amazing photo of Robert Harbin in action…
illust. Carla Mihelich. ISBN 187918175-4 A4 hardback 48 pages
Subtitled “An origami Fold-and-Tell story, this is a richly illustrated guide to making the Flapping Bird. Each double page has an evocative and colourful illustration on one side and steps towards the Flapper on the other, accompanied by prose which relates both to the folding sequence and the large illustration. There is a set of concise instructions at the end, and a page about the “lessons of origami”. One of these is “to make each and every fold a contemplative and willed act of beauty.” Now wouldn’t it be nice if we all considered that whilst folding?
The authoress has worked as a speech pathologist, using origami to foster the development of her students’ skills. She also discovered that origami “nurtures spiritual growth”. Overall, I feel the book is a little “new-age” for readers who may be looking for a quick origami fix, but more thoughtful children (and adults) will enjoy the luxuriant images and the gentle, spiritual approach of the book.
Published by Airstrip 200 pages soft cover A5 format ISBN 978-0-9757463-1-8
As one of the youngest origami societies around, Folding Australia seem to be showing the rest of us how to present origami. Their website is superb and this is one of the most attractive convention books I’ve ever seen. This is largely due to the inspired graphical work of my Trinh Ha, ably assisted by Matt Gardiner, Darren Scott and Mike Hopkins. Why do I like it so much? 1) A5 format 2) It has an attractive colour cover and a proper spine 3) the printing and binding is of the highest quality. 4) the layout is consistent throughout 5) 200 pages allows a good selection of models.
The BOS once experimented with the A5 format, (Bristol 1990) but it only lasted for one convention, much to my disappointment. Providing the printing is clear, diagrams are perfectly legible at this size and the package is far more convenient for carrying, storing and posting. The weight is halved and less paper used. Inside the book was a postcard with a hand-written note of thanks, then I saw that the page for my model had a colour bookmark inserted – a most thoughtful gesture. Although I was involved in the BOS council decision to send CDrom versions of our own collection to contributors instead of printed copies, when I see the efforts other societies make, I sometimes wonder whether it was the right decision.
You can see the list of contributors and order the book for the Aussie equivalent of £19.50 at this site www.papercrane.org/index/Shop/109
I was contacted through my site to supply some designs for a series of “Art Attack” interactive CDroms that were to be given free with various Kelloggs cereal boxes. The CDs were; Games and stuff (flying planes, windmills, fortune tellers), My stuff (design your own photo frames, CD cases, calendars), Party stuff (invitations, hats, masks) and Building stuff (puppets, models, theatres, master Origami). They had selected a series of traditional designs and wanted to use my bat, rabbit, pteranodon, leaf and various planes. These were turned into flash-based animations with the facility to draw your own patterns on a virtual sheet of paper, which you could then print out with crease lines present.
Sadly, that was the extent of my input and I didn’t get to see the results until they were complete. The animations are simple line drawings with the usual back/forward buttons and the folding lines are shows as moving patterns along the line. I have to say they didn’t look easy or clear to me, but I may be proved wrong. I found my way around the interface after a while and there is certainly lots to try out! The origami section (on the “building stuff” CD) included 10 designs. The “games” CD includes fortune tellers, bangers, frog tiddliwinks (froggliwinks surely?) and six flying designs.
The interface itself is bright and attractive and there’s certainly plenty to do, but from an origami perspective, it would have been so good to have a chance to comment at the design stage. There seems to be no links or reference to the BOS, even though I asked, although they’ve credited me (not altogether accurately) in the final shut-down sequence. Let’s hope lots of youngsters manage to fold something and get hooked.
Published by Modern Science 180 pages soft cover 18*25 cms ISBN 978-85-7393-630-8
This is an interesting format for a book. It’s essentially a model collection, properly bound, with a colour cover, but published and marketed as a book. There’s an introduction and section on symbols, but the diagrams are still in the original artist’s hand. Some have (Brazilian) text added, some are shaded, others not. To those of us used to the collections published for conventions, this isn’t too odd, but were I to buy this expecting a typical origami book, I’d probably be a little surprised!
The creators featured inside are Andre F. Sánchez Restrepo, Ary Fialho, Boleslaw Gargol, Bruno Ferraz, Francis Ow, Greg Suarez, Hideo Kumayama, Jeremy Shafer, Jorge C. Lucero, Jose Tomás Buitrago, Karla Matos, Lena of the Foldings (whoever she may be!), Mari Kanegae, Mukhopadhyay, Rita Foelker and errr Nick Robinson. It’s an interesting venture and with the increasing availability of “print on demand”, I suspect we may see more of the same in the future. If you can handle the distribution yourself, it’s now possible to produce a professional-looking book without selling your soul to a big publisher. Nic Terry has produced many books using similar tactics and Bruno is already working on a follow-up volume. You can see the contents and buy a copy ($30 including postage) at this site http://brunoferraz.googlepages.com/home
Published by CreateSpace, 114 pages softback, 8.2 x 8.2 inches, ISBN: 978-1438218045
As the author of a book felt by some to be “near the knuckle”, I thought I’d probably be a suitable person to review this book. In terms of content, it’s past the knuckle and halfway up the arm, but the title doesn’t mislead and more sensitive folders will undoubtedly pass hurriedly by. The cover shows a playboy bunny, but most of the contents are indeed hard-core origami. I won’t dwell on specifics, but the models range from intermediate to advanced in terms of technique, are excellently diagrammed and the photos give a clear guide to the standards you can achieve if you use the right material to fold with. There’s useful information at the end about foil backing and wet-folding.
I hope and trust that origami in general is able to handle this type of book – the wider world of art has long since come to terms with erotic material and so, in my opinion, should the world of origami. It’s niche stuff, but deserves its place. Certainly you wouldn’t show it to children (and some adults) but that’s not a criterion for rejecting it out of hand.