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Sculptural Origami book cover

Sculptural Origami

by Saadya Sternberg

Published:
2011 by Dover Publications
Pages:
100
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780486478401
ISBN-10:
0486478408

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Skill Level From intermediate to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
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)? Masks are from rectangles. The circular curves are from circles, one of which involves a cut

Overall Impression

This book presents the art of Saadya Sternberg, who developed his own independent artistic approach to paper-folding, using paper as one would use clay to sculpt human faces, animals and intriguing geometric shapes.

In the book, Saadya discusses his masks, animals, and his explorations of curve-folding. The mask technique is taught in detail, starting with the tools and paper, and then elaborating on the different ways of getting the facial features and even adding a neck and shirt to the model for a complete bust.

Saadya's animals catch the essence of their subjects without going into excessive details, and involve fun and unique procedures. Note though, that this is not a beginner's book. The instructions assume some familiarity with folding intermediate designs.

The Curves section contains instructions and crease-patterns for tessellation-like designs, and for interesting circular experiments.

Apart from instructions, there's an extensive photo-gallery of Saadya's work, all in full-color (nice to see in a Dover book), and all models come with crease-patterns and with the artist's thoughts about the design process.

The enclosed DVD adds much more to the book. The videos include an introduction to Saadya, present in detail the various techniques used in creating masks, including full instructions for "Open Wide"; The author discusses further the curved circular models displayed in the book, and include full instructions for two extra animals - the sparrow and the monkey. The videos are shot "over the shoulder" making them easy to follow.

This is a book to enjoy!

There are 12 Origami Designs in Sculptural Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Monkey

Mammals - Primates

Saadya SternbergSquare

Also in Pajarita Magazine 97

Video instructions on the enclosed DVD
Origami Monkey by Saadya Sternberg Wet-folded from a square of double-sided mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Open wide

People

Saadya SternbergRectangle

Video instructions on the enclosed DVD
Origami Open wide by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg
Sparrow

Birds - Passeriformes

Saadya SternbergSquare

Video instructions on the enclosed DVD
Origami Sparrow by Saadya Sternberg Wet-folded from a square of double-sided mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Face

People

Saadya Sternberg67RectangleOrigami Face by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg
Standing man

People

Saadya Sternberg78Square

A re-work of an older version
Origami Standing man by Saadya Sternberg Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Saadya Sternberg81Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Origami Cat by Saadya Sternberg folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Chameleon

Reptiles

Saadya Sternberg85SquareOrigami Chameleon by Saadya Sternberg Folded from a square of art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Horse

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Saadya Sternberg89Square

Also in AEP convention 2008

2 variations
Origami Horse by Saadya Sternberg folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Curves

Geometric and other shapes

Saadya Sternberg97Square

Crease pattern. Various curved designs
Origami Curves by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg
Triangular-grid spirals

Geometric and other shapes

Saadya Sternberg97Square

Crease pattern
Origami Triangular-grid spirals by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg
Concentric winder

Geometric and other shapes

Saadya Sternberg98Circle
With cuts

Crease pattern
Origami Concentric winder by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg
Sphere-from-a-circle

Geometric and other shapes

Saadya Sternberg98Square

Crease pattern
Origami Sphere-from-a-circle by Saadya Sternberg on giladorigami.com
Folded by Saadya Sternberg