Advanced Origami: More than 60 Fascinating and Challenging Projects for the Serious Folder

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9781552095270: Advanced Origami: More than 60 Fascinating and Challenging Projects for the Serious Folder

Original designs by origami artists from Europe and Japan.

Origami is an ancient art, yet modern paper folders continue to innovate and invent new and fascinating folds. The origami projects in this book are some of the best ever created and range from practical projects for everyday use to intricate art rooted in ceremony and tradition.

Advanced Origami features 60 designs using exotic folds not typically seen in North American origami. Each project is fully illustrated with line drawings and the finished piece is showcased in color photography. An introductory section explains basic folding techniques and terminology followed by five sections:

  • Boxes and containers
  • Animals
  • Cards, envelopes and wallets
  • Magic folds
  • Airplanes and helicopters.

Advanced Origami is an exceptional collection to challenge paper folders at all levels. Boursin excels in designing new folds and in finding the best new origami from around the world -- practical, durable objects of beauty to hone the talents of fans of this ancient art.

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About the Author:

Didier Boursin lives in Paris and has published several books on origami.

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Introduction

The history of paper folding is probably as old as paper itself, and likely originated in China. Then, several centuries later in Japan, origami developed as a ceremonial art form within the Shinto tradition.

Originally a form of artistic expression, origami soon became a practical art form. Boxes were created to hold small offering. Zigzag folds made from white paper held spices and medicines, and could be used to wrap small objects such as combs, fans, and hairpins.

As paper became a more accessible commodity, origami became something of a hobby. In France under Henry IV, napkin folding was an important aspect of ceremonial dinners, and the art developed a following among the courts of Europe. We know that Leonardo da Vinci used folding to study geometry and aerodynamics.

Today, children and adults the world over enjoy the ancient art of paper folding. Modern creators have passed on the tradition and enriched it with their own folds. Professionals such as architects and engineers use folding to help them develop new structures. Mathematicians use it to study geometry, teachers use it as an educational tool, and occupational therapists use it for the rehabilitation of hands and fingers.

In this book I present my own and my friends' creations: boxes to use for various occasions; invitation cards to announce your parties, airplanes that perform with precision and speed; decorative animals; and numerous other folds that will turn to magic in your hands.

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