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Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies: Innovative Designs from the Leading Paper Butterfly Artist

Book and DVDby Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander
Flapped softcover (8.5x11 inches, 112 pages) with 2 DVDs
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN-13: 9784805312261

Whimsical, exquisite and fragile, butterflies and moths have enchanted and inspired people for centuries. Origami artist Michael G. LaFosse is no exception. His original butterfly paper-folding techniques are a dramatic new development in origami—which some have hailed as the most important advance in origami since the first paper cranes appeared centuries ago. Hundreds of LaFosse butterflies have been featured in exhibitions around the world and his iconic designs are now eagerly sought and widely imitated by folding enthusiasts everywhere.

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies presents 26 original projects from LaFosse's extensive butterfly and moth repertoire, including all his personal favorites. This collection has many rarely-seen designs, and several of the models illustrate new technical and design achievements made possible by the ingenious "LaFosse Origami Butterfly Folding System."

These elegant forms—each created from a single square sheet of paper without cutting or glue—showcase the versatility of the folding system. All are deceptively simple, yet provide a solid foundation for creative flights of fancy in the hands of an experienced folder. Clear step-by-step instructions show you how to make literally hundreds of different variations by making small adjustments to a few key folds! Whether dry-folded from recycled candy wrappers or wet-folded from expensive handmade papers, these designs exemplify the best aspects of the paper folder's art today.

This exciting new book with two accompanying DVDs represents the culmination of a lifetime of designing and perfecting the art of origami butterflies. It contains everything you need to create your own unique collection!

The book and accompanying two DVDs contain instructions for folding:

A Butterfly for Alice Gray

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Alice Gray

A Butterfly for Tony Cheng

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Tony Cheng

A Butterfly for Jane Winchell

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Jane Winchell

A Butterfly for Jan Polish

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Jan Polish

A Butterfly for Makoto Yamaguchi

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Makoto Yamaguchi

A Butterfly for Vanessa Gould

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Vanessa Gould

A Butterfly for Robert Lang

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Robert Lang

A Butterfly for Emiko Kruckner

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Emiko Kruckner

A Butterfly for Kyoko Kondo

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Kyoko Kondo

A Butterfly for Killian Mansfield

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Killian Mansfield

A Butterfly for Eric Joisel

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Eric Joisel

A Butterfly for Sok Song

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Sok Song

A Butterfly for Lillian Oppenheimer

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Lillian Oppenheimer

A Butterfly for Guy Kawasaki

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Guy Kawasaki

Origamido Butterfly

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Origamido Butterfly

The Boston Butterfly

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Boston Butterfly

The Question Mark

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Question Mark

A Butterfly for Doris Asano

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Doris Asano

A Butterfly for Diana Wolf

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Diana Wolf

A Butterfly for V'Ann Cornelius

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For V'Ann Cornelius

A Butterfly for June Sakamoto

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For June Sakamoto

A Butterfly for Anne LaVin

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Anne LaVin

A Butterfly for Kyoto

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Kyoto

A Butterfly Russell Cashdollar

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

For Russell Cashdollar

The Mudarri Luna Moth

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

The Mudarri Luna Moth

Le Papillon de Nuit

designed by Michael G. LaFosse

Le Papillon de Nuit