An internationally renowned origami master recaptures the prehistoric allure of dinosaurs with this new series of original models. Twenty famous and lesser-known creatures from the Mesozoic era include a tyrannosaurus, apatosaurus, pterodactylus, dimetrodon, quetzalcoatlus, and protoceratops. John... read more
Easy Origami by John Montroll Charming collection of 32 projects (hat, cup, pelican, piano, swan, many more) designed for the novice origami hobbyist. Clearly illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions ensure that even beginning papercrafters will achieve successful results.
Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by Dover Everything beginners need to master the age-old art of paperfolding: three how-to books of simple instructions for creating 55 projects, including birds, animals, and other figures; and 96 sheets of primary colored, multicolored, and metallic paper.
Easy Dollar Bill Origami by John Montroll This easy-to-follow guide consists of 32 models of favorite figures. Numerous diagrams in dark and light green illustrate the two sides of a bill, and finished models are shown in full color.
Super Simple Origami: 32 New Designs by John Montroll This 48-page, full-color book for beginners presents 32 new designs by an origami expert. Models range from easy to advanced and include a tent, chess pieces, cruise ship, swan, many others.
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.
Easy Christmas Origami by John Montroll Easy-to-follow diagrams and directions make it a snap to create bright origami stars, candy canes, stockings, a simple Santa, little gift boxes, and other holiday decorations. 28 projects.
Fun with Paper Folding and Origami by William D. Murray, Francis J. Rigney Easy-to-follow instructions for over 40 different pieces: sailboat, rooster, battleship, pagoda, bird, frog, airplane, many more. Crystal-clear text and over 275 diagrams.
How to Make Origami Airplanes That Fly by Gery Hsu Create 12 different models that actually fly: space shuttle, futuristic shuttle, flying wing, delta-wing jet, fighter plane, interceptor, double tail fighter, dart plane, fighter plane with engines, futuristic fighter, and 2 different jets.
My First Origami Book -- Animals by Nick Robinson This introduction to the pleasures of paperfolding includes 24 pages of colorful origami paper. More than 20 simple but satisfying projects include models of a talking frog, an angel fish, and a hermit crab.
My First Origami Book -- Things That Go by Nick Robinson Origami novices of all ages will be off to a quick start with 17 projects, including a chariot, hang glider, rocket, hot air balloon, and sports car. Includes 24 easy-to-remove pages of colorful origami paper.
Origami for Beginners by Vicente Palacios Explanatory symbols and detailed illustrations for creating 57 models: from simple caps, cubes, and airplanes to such challenging figures as baskets, gyroscopes, and a vampire bat. For beginners as well as experienced paperfolders.
Origami Step by Step by Robert Harbin Instructions, diagrams for creating a flower, church, squirrel on a log, birds in a nest, a unicorn, full-rigged sailing ship, and more. Over 30 projects for all ages and abilities.
Dinosaur Origami by John Montroll Twenty-five models, ranging from simple to complex, include triceratops, stegosaurus, and tyrannosaurus as well as dimetrodon, protoceratops, elasmosaurus, and others. A master origami designer explains each model with clear instructions and numerous illustrations.
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.
Sea Creatures in Origami by John Montroll, Robert J. Lang Two renowned paperfolders show how to create fish and other creatures, with 24 models ranging from intermediate to very complex. Complete instructions and diagrams illustrate the humpback whale, seahorse, starfish, and more.
Storytime Origami by John Montroll Beginning to advanced folders can bring four classic tales to life with 37 models of characters and scenes from "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," "Humpty-Dumpty," and "Cinderella."
Teach Yourself Origami: Second Revised Edition by John Montroll Nearly 50 original models by an origami master for folders at every level of experience include a pheasant, octahedron, waterwheel, and many other figures. Includes clear instructions and crisp diagrams.
An internationally renowned origami master recaptures the prehistoric allure of dinosaurs with this new series of original models. Twenty famous and lesser-known creatures from the Mesozoic era include a tyrannosaurus, apatosaurus, pterodactylus, dimetrodon, quetzalcoatlus, and protoceratops. John Montroll designed these striking models with beginning paperfolders in mind. Based on his famous single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, they range from the very easy to the low-intermediate level. Each model features helpful diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions.
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.
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