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Roses, Origami and Math

by Toshikazu Kawasaki

Published:
2005 by Japan Publications
Pages:
178
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
ISBN:
4889961844

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

Skill Level : From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Only for some of the 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)? Some are from rectangles

Overall Impression

This is the long-awaited English translation of Kawasaki's 1998 book in Japanese. The lion's share of this book is dedicated to the the folding of simple units and the possibilities of constructions that can be made of them, may they be flowers, buildings, or intricate geometric shapes.

If you follow the instructions closely, you will be quite intimate with these units, as the text includes many puzzles that help you get to know their anatomy better.

A very nice feature is the "Mass production" sections, which show you how to quickly obtain many pre-folded units from large sheets of paper. These units are also taught in the book Origami Dream World but here they are used for more constructions.

The second part (after a coffee break, that teaches how to fold a coffee bean!) is
dedicated to Kawasaki's famous twist-fold, with instructions for two of his roses,
and also diagrams for two variations of leaves.

The third part is theoretical, and deals with several theorems connected to origami, that might help in figuring out crease patterns, as well as a thorough examination of the math embedded in the traditional origami crane. However, the somewhat clunky English translation, together with my un-mathematical mind, got in my way of fully enjoying this section.

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo
Modules

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki16Square
4 units

The basic modules for most of the models in the book. Each module is made of 4 squares
Blossoms

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki30Square
Multiple units

Several types of blossoms, made out of many units
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Pile construction

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki38Square
Multiple units

Connectors for the modules
J side assembly

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki46Square
Multiple units
Small house

Buildings

Toshikazu Kawasaki50Square
Multiple units

Roofs and some house constructions
Lids and nail

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki60Square
Multiple units
Cross house

Buildings

Toshikazu Kawasaki68Square
Multiple units
Tree

Flora - Trees and Plants

Toshikazu Kawasaki74Square
2 units

Also in Origami Dream World by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Large house

Buildings

Toshikazu Kawasaki78Square
Multiple units
Small church

Buildings

Toshikazu Kawasaki86Square
Multiple units
Greek shrine

Buildings

Toshikazu Kawasaki92Square
Multiple units

A variation of the basic units, creating octagonal pillars
Twist construction

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki100Square
Multiple units

Using the units from the previous chapter to create complex geometrical constructions
Hexagonal construction

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki110Square
Multiple units
Coffee bean

Food

Toshikazu Kawasaki114Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Origami Coffee bean by Toshikazu Kawasaki folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Rose - bud

Flora - Flowers - Kawasaki Roses

Toshikazu Kawasaki118Square

Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Also in NOA Magazine 232
Also in The Greatest Dream Origami by Toshikazu Kawasaki

My favorite of Kawasaki's roses
Origami Rose - bud by Toshikazu Kawasaki folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Rose - diagonal

Flora - Flowers - Kawasaki Roses

Toshikazu Kawasaki123Square

Also in Origami Dream World - Flowers and Animals by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in The Greatest Dream Origami by Toshikazu Kawasaki

With a diagonal grid
Origami Rose - diagonal by Toshikazu Kawasaki folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Four leaves

Flora - Trees and Plants

Toshikazu Kawasaki130Square
Rose leaves

Flora - Flowers - Kawasaki Roses

Toshikazu Kawasaki130Square

Also in Origami Dream World - Flowers and Animals by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Origami Master Class: Flowers
Also in The Greatest Dream Origami by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Origami Rose leaves by Toshikazu Kawasaki folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Pyramid

Geometric and other shapes

Toshikazu Kawasaki133Rectangle - A size
19 models