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Raison d'etre 2014

2014 by Korean Paperfolding Research Center
Korean and English

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Skill Level 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? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Yes

Overall Impression

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This little book brings us 6 complex models from some of the best talented folders in Korea.

Each designer, introduced by a short bio, presents a masterpiece. The subjects include representational mammals and fish, as well as a fun 3-lined slipper, and a somewhat abstract concept of life and death, presented by a growing tree contrasted with a stump, all from one sheet. My favorite here is Yoo tae-yong's bat, with a pleasant folding sequence and spectacularly detailed facial features.

The diagramming of these projects is of the highest standards. I'd highly recommend this book for complex folders.

There are 6 Origami Designs in Raison d'etre 2014:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

Kim do-ul7Square
3-lined slipper

Clothes - Shoes and Socks

Kim do-ul14SquareOrigami 3-lined slipper by Kim do-ul on
Folded by Shuyunzhu

Mammals - Chiroptera - Bats

Yoo Tae Yong24Square

Also in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong by Yoo Tae Yong

Fantastic detail
Origami Bat by Yoo Tae Yong Folded from a square of Tant paper by Gilad Aharoni on
Life and Death


Lee In-Seop39Square

A living and dead trees
Origami Life and Death by Lee In-Seop on
Folded by PAN Hang
Puffer fish


Jang Yong-Ik55SquareOrigami Puffer fish by Jang Yong-Ik on
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Japanese saw shark

Fish - Sharks

Kim Se Ik67Square