Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Origami 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction

Origami 101 is a new release in the 101: Look, Learn & Create series.  Released 21st Aug, 2018 by Quarry Books, it's 224 pages and available in ebook, hardback, paperback and spiral bound formats. This release is a reformat and re-release of the 2011 version which is updated with new content.

Author Benjamin John Coleman has written several books on origami.  This one is aimed at complete beginners and starts with an introduction to concepts, some definitions and supplies.  The text and accompanying illustrations are encouraging, clear, and easy to follow. Nothing to frighten or intimidate.

The book includes both photographs and line drawings.  The projects introduce new folds in a tutorial step-by-step format and further projects incorporate already learned material along with new folds.

The book includes some -very- simple projects and some imagination may be needed to actually visualize the stated designs as what they're named.  The Loon for example, without the specially colored paper, wouldn't be recognizable.  Ditto the tropical fish and parakeet.  However, there are some simple beginner folds which are elegant and beautiful (the sitting dragon is wonderful).  I believe that all of the projects are original.

Origami is a wonderful mindfulness exercise as well as a worthy art. Crafting these as a classroom activity unit would be do-able.

I received an early access e-galley of this book.  Apparently the full version comes with paper and online access to video clips and further support materials.

Four stars, original origami designs well presented.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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