|Bringing Origami to Life |
by John Montroll
25 fascinating creatures keyed according to difficulty — from an easy-to-do duck and swan to a challenging crocodile, kangaroo, and horse with rider. Includes section on wet-folding for creating more permanent models.
|Halloween Origami |
by Nick Robinson
More than 20 projects, illustrated with photos and 2-color diagrams, range from easy to fiendishly challenging. Models include black cats, a tombstone, fangs, witches galore, and other familiar Halloween figures.
|Wings & Things in Origami |
by Stephen Weiss
Simple enough for beginners but sophisticated enough for experienced folders, these models really fly! Patterns include a Mach III jet, SST, monoplane, glider, bat, seagull, and even a flying nun.
|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.
Twenty-eight models by an origami expert feature illustrated directions in full color for folding fanciful figures — including a stick horse, rocking horse, unicorn, and Pegasus — as well as actual breeds such as Clydesdale, thoroughbred, and mustang. Suitable for folders at all levels, the models range from simple to complex.
Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. In addition to his models, this collection features the inventions of other origami artists, including a pop-up horse card, a colorful horse and bookmark, a centaur, and a splendid variety of other whimsical designs.
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!