Saturday, October 13, 2018

Extraordinary Origami: 20 Projects from Contemporary North American Masters

Extraordinary Origami is a new anthology of advanced origami designs edited by Marc Kirschenbaum. Released 9th Oct 2018 by Fox Chapel publishing, it's 160 pages and available in paperback format.

There are a phenomenal number of origami books out there.  Sometimes it's difficult to winnow out the truly useful from the bewildering array available.  This book distinguishes itself by providing 20 moderately challenging sculptures as well as providing code links to video step by step tutorials. All of the pieces are well made and appealing.  There's something in the collection which will appeal to even the most jaded origamist.

The tutorials themselves also run the gamut from more traditional animals (see cover), a bee, and a frog, to really whimsical tongue in cheek sculptures including a dog in his doghouse and a mounted dragon head (my favorite in the book).

The book does begin with an introduction to folds and diagrams.  The intro is followed by the 20 designs from current and past origami masters from North America. There's a nice short bio section at the end of the book covering all the contributors.

Definitely a good addition to the origamist's library. The photography is crisp and clear and supports the tutorials well.

Five stars

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

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