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elegant penguin

a model from ioana stoian's wonderful new book "origami for all".

 

the subtitle of ioana's book is "elegant designs from simple folds". and actually that is almost all you can say about the book. is sums it all up perfectly.

 

then again this book deserves a whole lot more of praise. it features 16 cool models whose folding sequences are all quite simple indeed. no overly fancy and complicated manoeuvres are needed.

now, you might think that from such simple folds nothing very interesting could be achieved. but in fact it's just the opposite! ioana's models all posses a very clear sense of minimalism and elegance. the essence of each model is found and displayed. this penguin has got all that is needed: a head, wings, feet, even a tail and of course the colour change. and it's got the characteristic penguin pose - what more do you need...?

 

one feature of ioana's models appeals to me particularly - they all have clear reference points to fold them. you know that sometimes in simple models you have folds à la "fold the corner to a point close to the diagonal and about 1/3 from the edge". not so here - whenever you need a certain reference it's first achieved by some simple folds. I personally enjoy this very much : )

 

apart from the models this book also looks very beautiful. it's A5 format and not too thick, so you can easily carry it with you to any place you want.

the colour of the pages is not white but a cream/light beige and the ink is actually a very dark blue which makes for a extremely pleasant combination.

the diagrams (done by eric gjerde) are really clear and elegant, too. they are a joy to watch even from an aesthetic point of view, even if you don't fold them.

 

all in all this book is a more than worthy addition to every collection of origami books. it'll serve particularly well if you want to introduce somebody to origami because it conveys the joy, the beauty and the wonder of the art perfectly on so many levels.

 

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Taken on May 7, 2012