"It is a wonderful book! The diagrams
are so clear, clean and distinctive. And there is so
much useful information about origami and making
origami, which is sadly, but necessarily absent from
most origami books." Michael LaFosse
"A wonderful book. The most thoughtful work on origami that I have ever read". Robert Neale
"His work is incredible!" Eric Joisel
"I can think of no-one better suited to write this book!" Robert Lang
"It is the best in many ways." Robert Neale
"I really think this is
destined to be a classic - it's a superb book. Full marks." Edwin Corrie
"The book is a tour de force – congratulations!" Gay Merrill Gross
"well up to your usual fine standard. Keep up the good work!" Jeff Beynon
"My compliments with this superb book!!!
I very much like it, and your humerous touch.
Although I am not a dummy - origamiwise, there is plenty to discover
and to enjoy for me in this book." José Meeusen
It's been a surprise for many people that this is the first O4D book, but I'm not complaining. John Wiley (who publish the dummies imprint) contacted me in summer 07 to see if I'd be interested in writing it. Naturally, I was delighted. I've now received my first copy of this project and hopefully it will be in the shops very soon.
It's the first time the Dummies people (John Wiley) have tackled a craft like this, and it's been a learning process for both of us. The Dummies imprint has a rigorous set of layout styles and I've fought to try and maximise the size of every diagram. I've not been entirely successful, some of the more complex designs are smaller than I'd hoped for, but still hopefully readable. However, it's turned out really well and, biased though I am, reckon it's great value for money. Why "kit"? Because it's got a pack of paper at the back. No, I'm not convinced either ;) I refer to it as O4D and will continue to do so!
It's it truly for dummies? Yes, I feel it is. Some of the designs need no creases, others only one or two. More than half the designs fall into the simple category. Of course, the book needed to incorporate more challenging designs, although there's nothing that comes close to "ultra-complex". I've tried to cover all the major areas of skills and knowledge that a beginner might wish to read about, distilling my experience from the past 25 years of folding and 15 years of writing origami books.
I've been encouraged to employ my dry, subtle Northern wit throughout and the although tone of the book is light, I've tackled the subject in greater depth than usual, covering creativity, diagramming, the School of Ultimate Realism, copyright, morals and so forth. There are even a series of "top tens" to enjoy, styles, creators etc. A set of songs to fold to didn't make it, so here they are anyway!
Auld Robert Lang Syne
Don't Sink Twice, It's All Right
First Time Ever I Saw Your Fish Base
Fold on, I’m Coming
I Wanna Fold Your Hand
It's Only A Paper Spoon
Pleats Release Me (Let Me Go)
Promised You A Minor Miracle
There’ll Be Crease In The Valley
my proposed cover logo
Inside are several classic folds in print for the first time, including the wonderful "pooping dog". It also includes unpublished designs by David Brill, Marc Kirschenbaum, Robin Glynn, Max Hulme, Ted Norminton, Eric Joisel, Wayne Brown, John Montroll, Robert Lang and many others.
As well as several of my own designs, the book includes the following:
Dragonfly (Anita Barbour) Butterfly (Boaz Shuval) Modular Star (Dave Brill) Four Drinking Birds (David Lister) 60 Degree Star (David Petty) Giftbag (Doris Lauinger) Biscuit Packet, Emblem (Edwin Corrie) Dragon (Eric Joisel) Hearts (Eric Kenneway) Vase (Gay Merrill Gross) Beetle (Grzegorz Bubniak) Mouse (Guspath Go) Twist Decoration (Jeff Beynon) Chair (John Montroll) Chick (Kunihiko Kasahara) The Infamous Pooping dog (Luis Fernández Pérez) Makotokoma (Makoto Yamaguchi) Pureland Person (Mark Kirschenbaum) Boat (Martin Wall) Alladin (Max Hulme) Sailboat Envelope (Michael LaFosse) A Fishy Tale / Face envelope (Michel Grand) Miniphant (Mike Dilkes) 3 Crease Head (Paul Jackson) Tulip (Peter Borcherds) 4 Compartment Box (Phil Shen) 3D Star (Rachel Katz) Snail (Robert Lang) Lovebirds (Robert Neale) Dracula (Robin Glynn) Chinese Frog (Roman Diaz ) Fluted Module (Rocky Jardes) Shell / Brick / Goldfish (Stephen Casey) Santa (Ted Norminton) Butterfly (Thoki Yenn) Hen (Tony O’Hare) Foxes Head, House, Envelope (Wayne Brown) Twist Flower
Profound apologies to anyone whose model didn't make the final cut, we simply ran out of pages, even with some diagrams reduced in size a tad too much for my liking. Several of my own designs got the chop, but fingers crossed, they will go in the follow up volume, "More Origami For Dummies ;)
Here are a few selected images of the models on offer in the book. If you decide to buy it, my suggestion would be to order through a local bookshop. Whilst you can save a few quid through the internet, the logical conclusion of huge e-stores undercutting everyone else will be the closure of smaller, local shops. I'd far sooner help them than earn a bit of "click through" revenue. There's also some reviews on Amazon. and on on Gilad Aharoni's site
Ducks Ducks by Nick Robinson page 43 (from Square)
Here's a review from my local paper, typically focusing on the higher aesthetic aspects of the book.
Here's a link to a pdf of a traditional shirt I drew to promote the book. Print it out in glorious colour and have a go at folding it! I've also knocked up, sorry, carefully created, a video
of one of the designs, a paper representation of the Dummies "man", who features on every cover.
Perhaps not an origami masterpiece, but as a "created to order"model, it fits the bill. The video has had over 30,000 views on youtube and has attracted some crude, if hilarious comments! The excellent music you can hear drifting in the background is one of my own pieces - check here for more of my aural delights!