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LaFosse & Alexander's Essential Book of Origami

Book and DVDby Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Softcover with DVD
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9784805312681

This comprehensive origami book contains 16 lessons - each revealing a different aspect of the paper folding magic that is origami!

World-renowned origami artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander share their wisdom and expertise in this complete introduction to the world of origami paper folding. Beginning origami folders can progress through 16 step-by-step lessons, each with an accompanying video lesson on the free DVD included with this book. Each lesson features a project that's been selected to encourage development of origami folding techniques in a highly enjoyable way. Most of the projects are original, never seen before in print.

In addition to presenting invaluable information about how to select your origami papers, how to preserve and display your origami creations, and even how to begin selling origami commercially - this origami book also presents the authors' original "philosophy" of the paper folder's art.

This indispensible origami book provides an understanding of how to:

The first section of the book includes a range of essays on origami art:

  • Origami as Expressive Art
  • The Global Origami Movement
  • An Inspirational "LaFossophy" of Origami
  • Folding Socially
  • It's All About the Art
  • Practical Considerations
  • Choosing and Preparing Your Origami Paper
  • Origami Preservation
  • Showing Your Origami Pieces in Public
  • Selling Your Origami Art
  • Achieving Elegance in Your Folded Art
  • A Guide to Origami Diagrams and Symbols

The book and accompanying DVD contain instructions for folding:

Japanese Crane

traditional design

The Japanese Crane

Lessons from the Heart

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Lessons from the Heart

Anne LaVin's Squirrel

designed by Anne R. LaVin

Anne LaVin's Squirrel

Great White $hark

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Great White $hark

Elegant-Simple Hummingbird

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Elegant-Simple Hummingbird

Dim Sum Bun

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Dim Sum Bun

Skunk

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Ambrose the Skunk

Triangle and Square Beads

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

A Seahorse for Al Miyatake

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

Yellow Tang for Mariko

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Yellow Tang for Mariko

Foley the Pony

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Foley (or FOALie) the Pony

Happy Good-Luck Bat

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Happy Good-Luck Bat

Alexander Aztec Swallowtail Butterfly

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Alexander Aztec Swallowtail Butterfly

Wedding Orchid

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Wedding Orchid

Enough of This Cat

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Enough of This Cat!

Leatherback Sea Turtle

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Leatherback Sea Turtle

Plus Notes on:

Backcoating

Backcoating

Backcoating

Painting Paper

Backcoating

Paper Grain

Backcoating

"Zone" Wet Folding