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Origami from Angelfish to Zen

by Peter Engel

Published:
1994 by Dover Publications
Pages:
256
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780486281384
ISBN-10:
0486281388

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

Skill Level From intermediate to complex
Clear diagrams? Can be challenging
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)? 3 are from $ bills, 1 from a rectangle

Overall Impression

The book is a re-publication of the 1989 Vintage Books title: "Folding the Universe", and contains two distinct parts: The theory part, and the diagrams part.

I love the theory part. The text is interesting and thought-provoking, giving a glimpse into the process and personal philosophy of Engel's creation. Engel explains the qualities of the square, talks about tools required for folding, and then goes on to discuss the elements of crease-patterns and the considerations that go into designing a model. He also talks about the history of paper-folding, fractal math, music, and includes a fascinating report of his meeting with the late master Akira Yoshizawa.

The models, while sophisticated for the time of their creation, vary in appeal for me now. Most of them require the use of tissue-foil, as they have many layers. The diagrams lack something in clarity, and sometimes depend too much on the verbal instructions. The fact that those verbal instructions are separate from the drawn diagrams does not help, either. There are, however, some really good ideas, like the Valentine and rattlesnake, and some excellent models, as the octopus and kangaroo. Those models, combined with the profound text, make this book a definite must-have for more advanced folders looking for a challenge and a very interesting read.

There are 24 Origami Designs in Origami from Angelfish to Zen:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Angelfish

Fish

Peter Engel90SquareOrigami Angelfish by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Butterfly fish

Fish

Peter Engel92Square

Also in NOA Magazine 106
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 3 by Toshie Takahama
Origami Butterfly fish by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Discus fish

Fish

Peter Engel94SquareOrigami Discus fish by Peter Engel Folded from a square of Nicolas Terry's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Hummingbird

Birds - Apodiformes - Hummingbirds

Peter Engel96Square

Also in BOS Convention 1984 Spring
Also in BOS Magazine 177
Also in NOA Magazine 106
Origami Hummingbird by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Edmund Chan
Kangaroo

Mammals - Marsupialia - Kangaroos

Peter Engel99Square

Also in Origami for the Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama
Origami Kangaroo by Peter Engel folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Giraffe

Mammals - Giraffidae - Giraffes and Okapi

Peter Engel103Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Origami for the Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama
Origami Giraffe by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Peter Engel108Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1982
Origami Penguin by Peter Engel Folded from a square of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Yacht ($ bill)

Vehicles - Boats

Peter Engel114$ US Dollar Bill
Bow tie

Clothes

Peter Engel116$ US Dollar Bill
Crab

Crustaceans

Peter Engel118$ US Dollar Bill

Also in The Origamian - Vol.14 3,4
Origami Crab by Peter Engel Folded from a $-sized rectangle of Nicolas Terry's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Star - eight pointed

Geometric and other shapes

Peter Engel123SquareOrigami Star - eight pointed by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Heart with arrow

Hearts

Peter Engel124Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1984
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Heart with arrow by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Crab

Crustaceans

Peter Engel130Square
Centipede

Centipedes

Peter Engel134Square
Rattlesnake

Reptiles - Snakes

Peter Engel142Square

An original approach for folding a snake - in coiled position
Octopus

Molluscs

Peter Engel149Square

Also in Quarterly ORU Folding Diagrams - Vol. 2
Origami Octopus by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Squid

Molluscs

Peter Engel158Square

Also in BOS Convention 1984 Spring
Also in NOA Magazine 170
Also in NOA Magazine 171
Also in NOA Magazine 468
Also in Origami USA Convention 1986
Also in OrigaMIT 2012 Convention Book
and in other sources...
Origami Squid by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Scorpion

Arachnids - Scorpions

Peter Engel166Square
Alligator

Reptiles - Alligators and Crocodiles

Peter Engel178Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Origami USA Convention 1988
Origami Alligator by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Yoshiaki Ichikawa
Tiger

Mammals - Felidae - Tigers and Leopards

Peter Engel184Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1988
Origami Tiger by Peter Engel folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Reindeer

Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

Peter Engel193Square

Also in BOS Convention 1984 Spring
Also in Origami USA Convention 1989
Origami Reindeer by Peter Engel on giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Peter Engel204Square
Knight on horseback

People - Occupations - Knights

Peter Engel215SquareOrigami Knight on horseback by Peter Engel Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Peter Engel226Square