GENUINE ORIGAMI (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/1
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Like his counterpart in the U.S., prominent origami artist and scientist Robert J. Lang, Jun Maekawa approaches origami from the perspective of mathematical and geometric principles. In Genuine Origami, Maekawa takes readers, step-by-step, through the fundamentals of his method, beginning with the basics and guiding them through simple figures (a mouse, an elephant, Santa Claus) all the way up to such highly sophisticated models as his signature creations, the devil and the peacock.
The 43 different models are grouped into five sections, including one chapter on the ABCs, three which present projects in order of increasing difficulty (Simple, Intermediate and Complex), and one called Varieties of Origami, which reveals how to use different kinds of papers and techniques. In addition to the folding instructions and diagrams, Maekawa explains the mathematical theory behind each project.
An intriguing blend of art and science, Genuine Origami will allow newcomers to discover the pleasures of folding at the same time that it enables beginners and experts alike to learn clever, surprising and elegant sequences to produce exceptional results.
Jun Maekawa, who studied physics, is credited with developing a new origami method based on fundamental geometric patterns. His insights into the connection between mathematics and origami are summed up in the Maekawa Theorem. He is a chief councilor of the Japan Origami Association and executive manager and engineer for a software company producing scientific engineering calculations. Genuine Origami is Maekawas first book to be translated into English.
Entertaining for the intermediate to high intermediate folder, and probably worth it just for English-language instructions for the Devil.
He loves that the book has some very challenging models, and the models increase in complexity as you proceed through the book -- he wants to fold the devil, but he hasn't quite folded the samurai helmet beetle yet (which is the model before it, and is slightly less difficult). So his origami skill has skyrocketed because of this book, and it's given him many many hours of enjoyment.
If I could rate this six stars I would.
It is based on diagrams, but they are used to present more challenging concepts, to increase autonomy of folder and also introduce design of origami based on CPs.
The quality of paper and photos is very good and it is a good book to be used as motivation or to increase curiosity. I don't find it adequate as a complete reference of complex origamis, but a nice companion text.