Origami Kit for Dummies
- 2008 by Wiley
|Skill Level||From simple to intermediate|
|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?||No|
|Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)?||Most are|
This book is fun! Nick Robinson brings his passion and sense of humor to this work, which, other than containing dozens of models to fold, many of which are new or hard to find, also reads like a book, with the author's notes, tips and anecdotes about the art.
It comes with a pack of paper for folding, although, at least in the US edition, this isn't the typical origami paper, but paper with the same color on both sides.
The book opens with an introduction to origami, discussing folding materials and tools, followed by a detailed explanation of the basic symbols. Next is an examination of different methods for drawing diagrams, some creativity tips, and a touch of copyright issues, important these days.
Despite being designated as a book for beginners, the diagram section avoids the traditional models usually included with such books (in fact, the crane depicted on the cover is not in the book!) instead choosing to introduce more modern creations, moving from the simplest there can be to intermediate-level models. I like the selection of models, as many of them are fun and humorous, and they show a wide variety of folding techniques. It would have been better to have the text of the diagrams displayed next to to the drawings instead of on separate pages, but Robinson's diagrams are usually clear enough to suffice.
The book ends with a flavorful "Top Ten" section, with tips and some more information about origami and about some influential origami artists.
I would recommend this book as a great introduction for beginners, and a fun read for everyone who loves the art.