|Origami Menagerie: 21 Challenging Models |
by Manuel Sirgo Alvarez
Intricate, realistic models of animals and insects — a sea lion, stingray, crocodile, scorpion, others — range in difficulty from intermediate to extremely advanced. More than 2,000 illustrations offer detailed directions.
|Jewish Holiday Origami |
by Joel Stern
Clearly detailed diagrams and captions explain all the steps for an entire year's worth of projects — from Chanukah dreidels and a menorah with candles, to Passover pyramids and an image of the Red Sea parting. 24 models.
|Beginning Origami |
by Vicente Palacios
Each of these 85 models features detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams, offering paperfolders of all ages a simple guide to making swans, houses, vases, boats, hats, and other charming figures.
|Favorite Animals in Origami |
by John Montroll
Step-by-step instructions and over 300 diagrams for creating deer, elephant, cat, seal, walrus, mink, bear, and five more. Graded according to difficulty.
|Origami Worldwide |
by John Montroll, Brian K. Webb
Ranging from simple to moderately difficult, these 33 origami models were created by designers from more than 15 countries. Figures include a frog, ocean liner, penguin, hot air balloon, dragon, many others.
Internationally renowned origami master John Montroll presents more than 20 original models of familiar and lesser-known insects. Suitable for folders at all levels of experience, the figures include a butterfly, grasshopper, hornet, and ant as well as a praying mantis, earwig, long-horned and tiger beetles, weevil, cicada, and other bugs.
Complete instructions with diagrams include full-color illustrations of the finished models. The selection ranges from simple to advanced; most are complex but not overly difficult. Many of the figures feature distinctive details — legs, wings, antennae, and other characteristics — that make them especially fun and challenging.
5 Questions with John Montroll: An Exclusive Dover Interview
We sat down with Mr. Montroll to discuss his influences, the impact of math on origami, and what he sees for the future of the artform.
How did you first get interested in origami and what were your influences?
I was four when a Japanese neighbor taught me origami. At six, I had some books, showing the Japanese style.
Where do you find the inspiration for your original models?
The models in the books were made by folding, cutting, using multiple sheets, and sometimes from non-square paper. I wanted to make origami where each model could be folded from a single uncut square so I had to make them up. Since I started as a child, "creating" was natural. Whatever I wanted to fold, I would make up. There was nothing great about my models, but I enjoyed exploring and found there was no end. In time, my work evolved as I discovered more techniques, and also philosophies, in the quality of origami. Now I can say that developing new, theme-related ideas and writing books gives me inspiration.
Do you think that there is a strong relationship between origami and mathematics?
Yes. There is much math — geometry, algebra, trigonometry, etc. — in the structure of folding which can be used to develop and control the folding methods and designs. Math is especially used in my Dover books Origami and Math and Classic Polyhedra Origami. Still, math is not essential and there are many aspects of origami that do not use math. Even if math was used in the design of a model, the folder need not understand it.
As a teacher, do you integrate origami into your lesson plans?
As a math teacher, I can say students love doing origami! Sometimes, if my students finish their class work early, I let them fold from my books. Or we have some days, such as before vacations, where we do origami. But I will admit that I do not use origami as part of the math lesson!
What new directions do you think the art of origami will be taking in the future?
In the past few decades, origami has made huge developments in many directions. More people are involved, more ideas have been explored, all with more styles and techniques. The future will reveal newer directions for more people to explore and find their particular interest.
Do you have a favorite Dover book?
I actually have two favorites, both by Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume I and Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume. II. I enjoy playing his work and these books are well tattered!