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Origami Butterflies book cover

Origami Butterflies

by Richard L. Alexander and Greg Mudarri

Published:
2006 by Origamido
Pages:
104
Binding:
Spiralbound
Language:
English

Skill Level Intermediate
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Excellent photos of all models
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Yes, except for one from a $ bill and one from a rectangle

Overall Impression

This self-published book contains not only diagrams for 15 of Michael LaFosse's butterflies and variations, it also teaches the system he devised for coming up with new variations.

The system is presented as a set of building-blocks, presented at the beginning of the book, showing different ways to make head-details, proportions of flaps, wing details etc. The instructions for each model refer the folder to the appropriate blocks to be used and then add the individual model's unique details, encouraging the readers to come up with their own variations.

The production quality of the book is great, with full-color diagrams throughout, and many color photographs of the models, including an inspirational gallery at the end of the book.

As many of the models are named after origami luminaries, the book is peppered with information and history of LaFosse's development as an origami artist, and of modern origami in general.

For the newer, albeit somewhat different, more obtainable version of this book, which includes instructional DVDs, see Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies.

There are 15 Origami Designs in Origami Butterflies:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Butterfly - Alice Gray

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse34Square

Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in NOA Magazine 288
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 18 1999 4
Origami Butterfly - Alice Gray by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Lillian

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse38Square

Also in Le Pli 067
Also in The Paper Magazine 049
Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - Lillian by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Emiko Fritillary

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse42Square

Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - Emiko Fritillary by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Alexander Swallowtail

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse46SquareOrigami Butterfly - Alexander Swallowtail by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Alexander Aztec Swallowtail

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse50Square

Also in Folding Australia 2007
Also in LaFosse and Alexander's Essential Book of Origami by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in Tanteidan 16th convention
Origami Butterfly - Alexander Aztec Swallowtail by Michael G. LaFosse folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Baxter

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse54SquareOrigami Butterfly - Baxter by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of duo-tissue paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Michael Shall

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse58SquareOrigami Butterfly - Michael Shall by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Temko

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse62SquareOrigami Butterfly - Temko by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Origamido butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse66Square

Also in Advanced Origami by Michael G. LaFosse
Also in CDO convention 2001
Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - Origamido butterfly by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of duo-pearl origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Joyce Rockmore Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse70SquareOrigami Butterfly - Joyce Rockmore Butterfly by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Beetle origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Nolan

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse74SquareOrigami Butterfly - Nolan by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Mudarri Luna Moth

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse78Square

Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in Origami Art by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - Mudarri Luna Moth by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a square of Kathy Stevick's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - LaFosse's Moth

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse82Square

Also in Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - LaFosse's Moth by Michael G. LaFosse Wet-folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - Evangeline Fritillary

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse86Rectangle - 1X2Origami Butterfly - Evangeline Fritillary by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a rectangle of scrap-book paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Butterfly - $ bill

Insects - Butterflies

Michael G. LaFosse88$ US Dollar Bill

Also in Money Origami by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Also in Origami USA Convention 1997
Also in Ultimate Origami for Beginners by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Origami Butterfly - $ bill by Michael G. LaFosse Folded from a US $ bill by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com