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Creating Origami

by J.C. Nolan

Published:
2012 by Lapin Publishing
Pages:
320
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9781478229278
ISBN-10:
1478229276

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Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? No
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)? Most are

Overall Impression

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Creating Origami was one of the first books I've ever ordered online (from the now defunct "Fascinating Folds"). It went quickly out of print and was very hard to find. Now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, it's back in print.

The book was quite different from most other origami book I've seen by the time I got it. While filled with interesting diagrams, a very large section of the book discusses the process of creating, examining in length a slew of different approaches, and exploring origami as an art form. The author even talks about how to document and diagram your creations.

The next section of the book elaborates on Nolan's personal journey from folder to designer, with design notes and the back-story of each of his designs, allowing us a rare glimpse into the thought-process of an origami creator.

A brief history of origami follows, with a long discussion of tools and techniques, and a very good explanation of origami notations, including those you don't get to see very often, with a review the traditional bases as well as the author's own new bases.

Now come the models. Starting with designs that inspired Nolan, including traditional and modern designs - most notably, his re-diagramming of several of Patricia Crawford's designs from Robert Harbin's Origami Step by Step, making them much more approachable to folders. Nolan's own designs come next - from the more simple models to a mind-boggling Clown fish & sea anemone - a fold I'm yet to conquer.

As many of these models are not simple, and include difficult moves, sometimes in 3-dimensions, diagramming those steps can understandably be a struggle, and deciphering them will require patience, and sometimes experience. This is why I would not recommend the book to a beginner. However, advanced folders will find many challenges here, and a most fascinating read to take them beyond following diagrams.

As a bonus, the author added some free diagrams on his website, with multi-lingual translations and some new material.

There are 43 Origami Designs in Creating Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Airplanes

Toys - Planes

Traditional110RectangleOrigami Airplanes by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Cootie catcher

Toys - Action Models

Traditional112Square

Also in Der Falter 3
Also in Der Falter 27
Also in My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
Also in Origami 1 by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami in Action by Robert J. Lang
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
and in other sources...
Origami Cootie catcher by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Gum wrapper chain

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional114Rectangle
Multiple units
Origami Gum wrapper chain by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Football

Toys

Traditional115RectangleOrigami Football by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Fish

Fish

Traditional116Square

Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in Hands-On Origami by Raul Rosado
Also in Happy Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Happy Origami (Swallow book) by Tatsuo Miyawaki
Also in NOA Magazine 285
Also in Origami Text in 4 Languages
and in other sources...
Origami Fish by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Waterbomb

Toys

Traditional117Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Japan's Creative Origami by Kawai Toyoaki
Also in NOA Magazine 278
Also in Origami de Christmas
Also in Origami in English by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Origami Text in 4 Languages
Also in Quick and Easy Origami Christmas by Toshie Takahama
and in other sources...
Origami Waterbomb by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pagoda bookmark

Bookmarks

Traditional118Square

Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Origami A-B-C by David Petty
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 11 1998 1
Also in Origami You Can Play With by Tomoko Fuse
Also in Orison 5/02
Also in Pajarita Magazine 17
Also in Paper Folding for Beginners by Murray and Rigney
and in other sources...
Origami Pagoda bookmark by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Decorations

Geometric and other shapes

Japanese120Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Origami Decorations by Japanese on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Crane

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Traditional123Square

Also in A Thousand Cranes by Florence Temko
Also in Atlas de l'Origami
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Complete Origami by David Mitchell
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creased Magazine 6
Origami Crane by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Frog

Amphibians

Traditional124Square

Also in Bugagami by Jeffrey Rutzky
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Difficult Origami by Chris Alexander
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Ecuador Convention 2014
and in other sources...
Origami Frog by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lover's knot

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional125Square

Also in Complete Origami by David Mitchell
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 3 by Toshie Takahama
Also in NOA Magazine 378
Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Also in Pajarita Magazine 14
Also in The Art of Origami by Samuel L. Randlett
and in other sources...
Origami Lover
Folded by JC Nolan
Rabbit on a cube

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Fred Rohm126Rectangle - 1X2

Also in Secrets of Origami by Robert Harbin
Also in BOS Magazine 152
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Also in The World of Fred Rohm 49 by Peter Ford
Origami Rabbit on a cube by Fred Rohm on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Scorpion

Arachnids - Scorpions

Patricia Crawford132Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Also in The Origamian - Vol.12 2,3,4
Origami Scorpion by Patricia Crawford on giladorigami.com
Folded by Nicolas Terry
Unicorn

Imaginary beings - Unicorns

Patricia Crawford136Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami USA Convention 1981
Origami Unicorn by Patricia Crawford on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Squirrel on a log

Mammals - Rodentia - Squirrels

Patricia Crawford141Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Origami Squirrel on a log by Patricia Crawford folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Full-rigged ship

Vehicles - Boats

Patricia Crawford146Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami USA Convention 1984
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Full-rigged ship by Patricia Crawford folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Kangaroo

Mammals - Marsupialia - Kangaroos

Patricia Crawford151Square

Also in Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin
Origami Kangaroo by Patricia Crawford Folded from a square of Nicolas Terry's tissue-foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Horseshoe crab

Crustaceans

J.C. Nolan160SquareOrigami Horseshoe crab by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Wolf spider

Arachnids - Spiders and Arachnids

J.C. Nolan164SquareOrigami Wolf spider by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by Michael LaFosse
Octopus

Molluscs

J.C. Nolan168Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1995
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Octopus by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Andrea's rose

Geometric and other shapes

J.C. Nolan172Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1994
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Andrea
Folded by Rui Roda
Tarantula

Arachnids - Spiders and Arachnids

J.C. Nolan176SquareOrigami Tarantula by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Lily - art deco

Flora - Flowers

J.C. Nolan181Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Lily - art deco by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Australian leaf bug

Insects

J.C. Nolan184SquareOrigami Australian leaf bug by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Dragonfly

Insects

J.C. Nolan188SquareOrigami Dragonfly by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Hydra

Imaginary beings

J.C. Nolan196Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Hydra by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Taarakian dragon glider

Imaginary beings - Dragons

J.C. Nolan200SquareOrigami Taarakian dragon glider by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

J.C. Nolan205SquareOrigami Dragon by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

J.C. Nolan207Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
Origami Butterfly by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by Meenakshi Mukerji
Butterfly chain

Geometric and other shapes

J.C. Nolan209SquareOrigami Butterfly chain by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Delta glider

Toys - Planes

J.C. Nolan210SquareOrigami Delta glider by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Cerberus

Imaginary beings

J.C. Nolan211SquareOrigami Cerberus by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Pegasus

Imaginary beings - Pegasi

J.C. Nolan219SquareOrigami Pegasus by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Loch Ness Monster

Imaginary beings

J.C. Nolan223SquareOrigami Loch Ness Monster by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Braided paper

Geometric and other shapes

J.C. Nolan225Square

Also in Dutch Origami Convention 1995
Also in Dutch Origami Convention 2014 Landelijke Oridag De Meern
Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
and in other sources...
Origami Braided paper by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by Marina Kosareva
Dragon - frost

Imaginary beings - Dragons

J.C. Nolan229SquareOrigami Dragon - frost by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Clown fish and sea anemone

Fish

J.C. Nolan248SquareOrigami Clown fish and sea anemone by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Seven simple bracelets

Rings

J.C. Nolan269Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1994
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Seven simple bracelets by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Duck - diving

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

J.C. Nolan273SquareOrigami Duck - diving by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Lover's knots - colored

Geometric and other shapes

J.C. Nolan276SquareOrigami Lover
Folded by JC Nolan
Leaping lizard

Reptiles

J.C. Nolan282SquareOrigami Leaping lizard by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Fairy

Imaginary beings

J.C. Nolan287Square

Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Also in Origami USA Convention 1994
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Fairy by J.C. Nolan folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Dragonfly - postscript

Insects

J.C. Nolan291Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
Also in The Lost Diagrams by J.C. Nolan
Origami Dragonfly - postscript by J.C. Nolan on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan