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Advanced Origami

by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander

Published:
2005 by Tuttle Publishing
Pages:
128
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780804848077
ISBN-10:
0804848076

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? Yes
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Almost all are from squares

Overall Impression

Not only does this book contain diagrams for Michael LaFosse's fantastic masterpieces (I've been waiting for the Toucan diagrams for years!), but it also deals at length with origami as an art. Starting with general tips for folding, and discussing wet-folding, back-coating, using Methyl Cellulose for wet-folding, making tissue foil, how to choose the right paper for the job, and making special paper for origami from scratch! All with full-color photographic illustrations. For paper-making, however, I recommend Origamido's video "Paper Making" which goes into the process in much more depth. The book also has paper "recipes" for several types of papers for origami, including those favored by Robert Lang and Satoshi Kamiya.

LaFosse's models are challenging, not because they employ complex sinks or a lengthy sequence of steps (most models average at 30 steps or so), but because you must use your sculpting skills to be able to breathe life into them.

LaFosse accompanies each models with the story behind its creation, and with valuable tips about the paper and techniques required.

The revised 2017 edition includes a DVD with video clips for all models in the book, which are not full tutorials, but rather guide the viewer through the more difficult steps for each design.

This is an important book, and is highly recommended for advanced folders.

There are 15 Origami Designs in Advanced Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
North American Cardinal

Birds - Passeriformes - Cardinals

Michael G. LaFosse28Square

Also in BOS Convention 2004 Spring
Also in BOS Convention 2011 Spring - Birmingham
Also in BOS Magazine 225
Also in NOA Magazine 450
Also in Tanteidan 10th convention
Also in The Paper Magazine 92
and in other sources...
Origami North American Cardinal by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse33Square

Also in CDO convention 2001
Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in Origami Butterflies by Richard L. Alexander and Greg Mudarri

My favorite origami butterfly
Origami Butterfly by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of duo-pearl origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Koi

Fish - Koi

Michael G. LaFosse37SquareOrigami Koi by Michael G. LaFosse with application of colored paper for the spots by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sea turtle

Reptiles - Turtles

Michael G. LaFosse41Square

With top shell and belly plate
Origami Sea turtle by Michael G. LaFosse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Squirrel

Mammals - Rodentia - Squirrels

Michael G. LaFosse46Square

Also in BOS Convention 2001 Spring
Also in CDO convention 2001
Also in Pajarita Magazine 78
Also in Tanteidan 10th convention
Origami Squirrel by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Toucan

Birds - Piciformes - Toucans and Woodpeckers

Michael G. LaFosse52SquareOrigami Toucan by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of duo unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Frog

Amphibians

Michael G. LaFosse58SquareOrigami Frog by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Hummingbird

Birds - Apodiformes - Hummingbirds

Michael G. LaFosse62Square

Also in BOS Magazine 235
Origami Hummingbird by Michael G. LaFosse Wet-folded from a square of Origamido Hummingbird paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Goldfish

Fish - Goldfish

Michael G. LaFosse67Square

With lots of room for improvisation
Origami Goldfish by Michael G. LaFosse Wet-folded from a square of
Horseshoe crab

Crustaceans

Michael G. LaFosse71Square

Also in NOA Magazine 205
Origami Horseshoe crab by Michael G. LaFosse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Cattleya orchid

Flora - Flowers

Michael G. LaFosse74Rectangle - 1X2Origami Cattleya orchid by Michael G. LaFosse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Bat

Mammals - Chiroptera - Bats

Michael G. LaFosse81Triangle

Also in CDO convention 1997
Also in CDO convention 2001
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in LaFosse and Alexander's Essential Book of Origami by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in Le Pli 68
Also in Origami Sourcebook by Jay Ansill
and in other sources...

Happy Good Luck Bat
Origami Bat by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Bat

Mammals - Chiroptera - Bats

Michael G. LaFosse86SquareOrigami Bat by Michael G. LaFosse on giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Praying mantis

Insects

Michael G. LaFosse93Square
Panther mask

Mammals - Felidae - Tigers and Leopards

Michael G. LaFosse102Square

Also in Origamido by Michael G. LaFosse
Origami Panther mask by Michael G. LaFosse Wet-folded from a square of double-sided mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com