The Origami Bible
- 2004 by North Light Books
|Skill Level||From simple to complex|
|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?||No|
|Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)?||Some are from non-square shapes|
Nick Robinson is known for his simple, yet extremely clever designs. This book features many of these models, as well as a few contributions from others. While the name "Bible" is a bit of a stretch, the book still has a long "Short History of Origami" article by David Lister, a very comprehensive section introducing the basic folds and techniques, and presents the folder to the various genres of origami with examples of practical, representational and abstract creations. The folder is also introduced to the wet folding technique, with instructions accompanied by step-photos for the 3D steps.
Another feature I like about this book are the "Cheat sheets", included as fold-outs flaps on the front and back covers. These sheets are a quick reference to all symbols and bases used.
A minor problem I have with the layout is the separation of drawn diagrams from the explanatory text, displayed on a facing page. Other than that, the layout is beautiful, with every model coming with a full color picture, the author's notes about the design, and "creative challenges" stimulating the folder to solve design puzzles.
The book ends with a small gallery of models from international creators.