Review: Rick Beech on origami
I recently read Origami: The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech. What a joy to read and use this book! It begins with a brief but very interesting history of the art of origami, and shows some examples of stunning and sophisticated models made by artists. Next, we're given information on various types of origami paper, and introduced to the basic folds necessary for making most common origami designs.
Then the book presents instructions for folding a wide range of origami models. While many origami books use line drawings -- with little or no text -- to illustrate the multiple steps involved in making each sculpture, Beech gives us large clear colour photographs which make it much easier to see what's actually happening.
The photos are accompanied by text explanations, and the combination makes it likely that beginners to this craft will be able to understand and successfully execute the instructions. A good range of subjects is covered, from traditional cranes, lilies and masu boxes, to fun party trick folds, toys and games to entertain children, and multi-piece modular origami. There are many designs to suit both the beginner and the more experienced folder. If you've tried origami in the past and been frustrated by ambiguous instructions, try this book: I bet you'll learn a lot and become fascinated with this ancient and beautiful art form.