Origami Art

New Expressions in Origami Art Review, A Beautiful Coffee Table Book

Disclaimer: a free copy of this book was provided by Tuttle Publishing for this review (all images are from the Tuttle Publishing website)

New Expressions in Origami Art is an absolutely beautiful coffee table book. You won’t find any origami instructions here. Instead you’ll find tons of amazing photos and information about 25 different featured origami artists from all around the world.

This is the perfect book to buy and leave lying around for your friends and relatives to find and page through. Especially if they think origami is just simple paper folding for kids.

I’d definitely say that your average person has no idea how complex and amazing origami can get and this book does an excellent job of communicating this.

Table of Contents

The book begins with an introduction by Robert J. Lang (who’s name should definitely be recognizable to any origami enthusiast) and Meher McArthur.

After the introduction the book showcases it’s first artist, Joel Cooper. Joel Cooper is a master of tessellations and has designed a ton of amazing paper masks.

This section details Joel Cooper’s life, inspirations for his work, techniques and more. You’ll also find tons of amazing photos of his work of course too.

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The next section is all about Erik and Martin Demaine and their beautiful curved origami shapes. They’re a father and son partnership.

Martin is a professional artist and Erik is a professor at MIT and one of the world’s leading experts on computational origami and origami mathematics.

Their work uses various mathematical algorithms to create some beautiful curved shapes.

The next section is all about Vietnamese artist Giang Dinh and emphasizes the simplicity and beauty of his designs.

Vincent Floderer, a French artist is the next one that’s featured along with lots of great photos of his models which have a delicate and organic style to them.

Vincent Floderer's Section

Tomoko Fuse is another well-known artist famous for geometric designs. The next section is all about her work.

The next section features an Israeli artist and activist known as Miri Golan. She believes that since politicians have failed at bringing peace to the Middle East it is up to artists to spread mutual respect, tolerance and peace.

She has some very interested work folded from materials such as Hebrew and Arabic newspapers and even holy books such as the Torah and the Koran.

Paul Jackson is the next featured artist and his section details his work and a bit of the philosophy behind origami.

Beth Johnson is next and her work has definitely been featured on this site before. This section details her work and her unique style which incorporates a lot of spirals and tessellation’s into her designs.

You definitely can’t have a book like this without touching on the work of Eric Joisel who sadly passed away in October 2010. The next section is all about his life and his work.

The next section details the work of Goran Konjevod who uses a lot of tessellation-like patterns to create all kinds of great organic-looking shapes.

Giang Dinh's Chapter

Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander are covered next and both of these names should definitely be recognizable to any origami fans out there.

This section details both of their lives, their Origamido studio and incredible animal designs.

Robert J. Lang has a chapter next which you’d expect because his work is amazing.

Sipho Mabona another famous artist who’s part South-African and Swiss which I didn’t know. He’s had his work featured in displays all over the world and has folded some giant models like an elephant that’s bigger than a human.

Beth Johnson's Section

The next artist Mademoiselle Maurice I’d never heard of before and she puts together beautiful outdoor displays of origami on walls, staircases and other outdoor surfaces.

An artist named Linda Tomoko Mihara is featured next. She’s a Japanese American who makes a lot of Japanese inspired origami art.

Jun Mitani is next and he definitely has a unique style and uses computers to help him fold beautiful symmetrical shapes and forms.

The next section features Jeannine Mosely who folds paper versions of various fractal patterns as well as other really great geometric shapes.

Yuko Nishimura, a Japanese artist who folds beautiful and huge tessellation designs is next.

Joel Cooper's Chapter

Another one of my favourite artists, Bernie Peyton is next. His section covers his beautiful animal origami as well as his environmental activism.

This is followed by another absolutely amazing artist from Vietnam called Hoang Then Quyet. Hoang Then Quyet definitely has one of the most beautiful styles I’ve seen and uses a lot of wet folding to create beautiful curved shapes in his models.

Matt Shlian is a paper engineer and he’s featured next. His work combines art and science with some beautiful results.

The next section is all about Richard Sweeney who creates giant beautiful curved shapes and displays.

The final chapter is all about Jiangmei Wu and her fantastic geometric displays, origami lamps and more.

The book is 192 pages, has a beautiful hard cover and is nice and big. It’s perfect for any coffee table.

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The selection of the artists featured in this book is really good too. You have everything from paper engineers to environmental activists and all of their work is unique and stands out from the rest.

I also have to say that it was definitely pretty cool reading about several amazing artists who thanks to this site I’ve had the pleasure of talking to (at least a bit) over the Internet.

You won’t find any origami instructions here but instead you’ll find a beautiful book that’s perfect for showing off how far the art of origami has advanced to average people who don’t have much experience with paper folding.

I’d definitely recommend you pick up a copy of this and leave it out on your coffee table.

New Expressions in Origami Art is available from Amazon here and for some reason at the time of this post is 59% off so go get it!

Essential Book Scan

My Review of LaFosse & Alexander’s Essential Book of Origami

Review copy provided by Tuttle Publishing

LaFosse & Alexander’s Essential Book of Origami is kind of a hard book to review. It’s definitely an interesting book but what you get out of it will depend on what you're looking for.

This book is written by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. These two are famous for co-founding the Origamido Studio.

The Origamido Studio is an origami learning centre and design studio. It’s probably most famous for the hand made origami papers they make.

May artists would argue that Origamido paper is the best paper you could possibly use for folding origami.

When it comes to origami these two authors certainly know their stuff.

The first third or so of the book is full of information and the rest of the book has diagrams showing how to fold a pretty nice collection of 16 different models that I hadn’t seen anywhere else before.

The diagrams are coloured and easy to follow
The diagrams are coloured and easy to follow (Image from Tuttle Publishing)

You may or may not be interested in the first part of the book.

After a little introduction about origami and the Origamido Studio it covers topics like joining or building your own origami community, tips for folding, and how to sell your work.

It’s also no surprise that there’s a big section explaining different kinds of origami papers as well as how to preserve your models when you’re done folding.

I’ve noticed that a lot of origami books have a section at the beginning like this that’s full of information.

After publishing my own book I think it’s because making diagrams is a ton of work and you need a huge amount of them to give your book a decent number of papers.

That’s my theory at least.

In the case of this book though this information is coming from two people who are definitely an authority on the subject.

The information is interesting whether you’re brand new to origami or have some experience.

After a brief section explaining the basic folds and symbols the book gets into the models.

The first model the book teaches you how to fold is the traditional paper crane. This is something I’ve folded a lot and I found the folding sequence here to be very strange.

Traditional Paper Crane folded by Me
Traditional Paper Crane folded by Me

When folding a crane you usually start with a Bird Base and then go from there. There’s a couple of different ways you can easily fold this base and most people will follow one of these common ways.

In this case though you follow a series of folds on the basic square itself to fold what’s essentially the crease pattern for the Bird Base before collapsing everything together.

I think there’s definitely easier ways to do it but I’ve never folded anything from a crease pattern like this before. Since I’m super familiar with folding paper cranes using this sequence was kind of interesting.

The authors also use these instructions to teach the folder about things like the grain of the paper and other more esoteric things.

The next model is a simple little paper heart that again follows kind of a strange folding sequence where you fold the crease pattern first and collapse everything together.

Lessons from the Heart folded by Me
Lessons from the Heart folded by Me

After the heart though the rest of the models in the book follow a more traditional sort of folding sequence.

Next is a great little squirrel design that’s very easy to fold.

Anne LaVin's Squirrel folded by Me
Anne LaVin's Squirrel folded by Me

This is followed by a great white shark model that’s supposed to be folded from a U.S. dollar bill. I didn’t have one of those so I had to cut a square of kami here to the right size.

The Great White $hark folded by Me
The Great White $hark folded by Me

After this is a nice little hummingbird model.

The Elegant - Simple Hummingbird folded by Me
The Elegant - Simple Hummingbird folded by Me

The next model is a cute little 3D bunny rabbit.

The Dim Sum Bun folded by Me
The Dim Sum Bun folded by Me

This next model is called Ambrose the Skunk and it’s probably my favourite model in the book. I’ve never seen this design before. It’s super easy to fold and looks really great, especially if you use paper that’s black on one side and white on the other.

Ambrose the Skunk folded by Me
Ambrose the Skunk folded by Me

Next is a seahorse and I believe this is the first ever seahorse I’ve ever folded.

A Seahorse for Al Miyatake folded by Me
A Seahorse for Al Miyatake folded by Me

Then you’ll find two great little fish designs, a Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and a Yellow Tang.

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a folded by Me
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a folded by Me


Yellow Tang for Mariko folded by Me
Yellow Tang for Mariko folded by Me

After the fish is a little pony. This one I found a little bit tricky near the end trying to get the final shape. Mine looks ok but not great.

Foley (or FOALie) the Pony folded by Me
Foley (or FOALie) the Pony folded by Me

Some of these models such as this bat are designed to be folded using paper that’s the same colour on each side. It turns out I don’t have any paper like that and I guessed the wrong side for this bat.

This bat is also folded from a triangle so you’ll have to cut a square of paper in half.

The Happy Good-Luck Bat folded by Me
The Happy Good-Luck Bat folded by Me

Next is a really great looking butterfly model. I’d say for a lot of people this book is worth it just for these butterfly instructions.

The Alexander Aztec Swallowtail Butterfly folded by Me
The Alexander Aztec Swallowtail Butterfly folded by Me

After that is a modular orchid model that’s folded using 3 squares of paper. I think I photographed this upside down though...

The Wedding Orchid folded by Me
The Wedding Orchid folded by Me

Then you’ll find instructions for a cat. There’s both an easy version of this or a version where you can keep folding and add a few more details.

The one you see below is kind of halfway between both versions…

Enough of this Cat! folded by Me
Enough of this Cat! folded by Me

The last model is a really beautiful leatherback sea turtle. I did not fold the ridges and details like the instructions say to do but it still looks pretty good even without them.

The Leatherback Sea Turtle folded by Me
The Leatherback Sea Turtle folded by Me

The book also comes with a DVD that’s pretty interesting and not quite what I expected.

The DVD has video instructions for the models in the book which may make folding them much easier since you can see all the intermediate steps.

There’s a lot of “repeat these steps” on the other side sort of sections in the instructions in the book.

But the DVD doesn’t just show how to fold the models from a standard sheet of paper. The DVD shows the authors using techniques such as wet folding as well as various fancy tools.

There’s also a few videos on the DVD showing how to prepare paper, paint the paper and how to properly wet fold it.

So there’s a few different ways to approach this book depending on what you want to get out of it.

If you want to just jump straight to the diagrams and fold some things then you can go right ahead and do that.

None of the models are difficult. I’d say they’re all around an upper beginner/lower intermediate sort of level.

If the diagrams are all you care about though I would probably recommend other books first. There are lots of other books at this same difficultly level that have way more than 16 models in them.

That being said the 16 models included here are all quite good.

On the other hand if you really want to go deep and learn about paper or practice techniques like wet folding then you’ll get a lot more out of this book.

If that’s the case then I’d definitely recommend you add this book to your collection.

amazon.com currently has this book on sale for $14.20 and at that price I’d say everyone should definitely pick it up.

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Mind Blowing Modular Origami

You Too Can Fold Some of Byriah Loper’s Mind-Blowing Modular Origami

Disclaimer: Tuttle Publishing provided a free copy of this book for this review.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Byriah Loper’s “mind-blowing” interlocking modular origami models. I always had no idea how someone could design or fold amazing models like these.

I’m still not sure how he could have possibly designed his models but thanks to the book Mind-Blowing Modular Origami you too can fold many of these incredible creations.

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami is a very nice looking book. It’s nice and big with a cover size of 8.5x11 inches and 96 pages long. The pages are nice and thick and the entire book is in full colour which creates a very beautiful presentation. Overall this feels like quite a high-end book.

The book opens with a bit of a history of modular origami as well as Byriah Loper’s personal history with origami. This is followed by a materials and tips and techniques sections.

The Tips and Techniques section goes into detail about what to expect when attempting to fold these interlocking modular models. You definitely want to read this section first, even if some of it goes over your head at first.

The later models in this book are especially complex and you need a basic understanding of how the wireframes weave together. There are photos but you can’t rely on these completely, especially for the later models.

The next few pages detail all your basic symbols, folds and bases. If you don’t already know al this though you’re probably going to have a very difficult time with the rest of the book.

The last little section of the intro to this book is about the different kinds of platonic solids you’re going to be folding.

The first set of models in Mind-Blowing Modular Origami are a fairly easy to fold collection of kusudamas. The author recommends starting with these models to familiarize yourself with the different 3-dimensional shapes you’ll be folding later.

You’ll find instructions showing how to fold 7 different kusudamas.

The diagrams are very detailed showing how to fold the individual units. There are a few diagrams showing how to assemble the units but you only see the first few steps and have to figure out the rest on your own.

I’m assuming the intention here is for you to learn about the different shapes and then figure out the assembly yourself. Then you’ll have a better understanding of the geometry before moving into the much more complex wireframe models.

In this section you’ll find diagrams to fold the following models:

Triakis Kusudama
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Triakis Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


Vortex Kusudama
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Vortex Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


Excalibur Kusudama
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Excalibur Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


I really like the spiral star sort of design all over this one.

Excelsior Kusudama
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Excelsior Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This next kusudama is definitely one of the most interesting kusudama designs I've seen.

Borealis Kusudama
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Borealis Kusudama, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This next design isn't a kusudama exactly but it's not quite like the wireframe models later and it's a very cool design.

Curled Sphere
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Curled Sphere, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This is a pretty neat model that only uses 4 sheets of paper.

Saturn Cube
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Saturn Cube, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


After these 7 introductory models you get to the main section of the book, the wireframe models.

This type of origami is relatively new beginning in 1993 with Tom Hull's five-intersecting tetrahedra. I've tried to fold this model before but I can never get the fifth tetrahedra woven in correctly.

Over the next decade or so many other designers such as Robert J. Lang and Daniel Kwan developed new wireframe designs and techniques.

From what I've seen Byriah Loper has probably designed the most wireframe models and he's definitely the master of this kind of origami. This is especially impressive considering his age.

There are twelve very impressive and complicated looking wireframe models to fold here.

Each one has a set of very easy to follow instructions showing how to fold the individual units and then assemble one of the shapes.

This is followed by some very detailed instructions with diagrams and photos showing how to weave all the shapes together. These instructions also explain the geometry behind the designs as well which is a nice addition.

You'll find instructions for folding the following models:

16 Triangles Wireframe
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16 Triangles, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


The models get pretty crazy in this part of the book. This one for example uses 90 individual units!

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/byriahloper/5736379651/

Cosmos, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


If 90 units wasn't enough this next one uses 120! That's a lot of folding and assembly time.

Nebula by Byriah Loper
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Nebula, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This next model is called Atmosphere or "Six Interlocking Pentagonal Bifrusta". It has a total of 150 units!

Atmosphere by Byriah Loper
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Atmosphere, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This next model is definitely one of my favourites and probably the most unique looking one from this book. The official name is Twenty Interlocking Tetrahedra and it's folded using 120 units.

K5 by Byriah Loper
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K5, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


I also really like this next model, especially the dense centre part. This one sets a new record with 180 individual units to fold and assemble.

Galaxy by Byriah Loper
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Galaxy, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


The official name for this next model is Ten Interlocking Polarly Truncated Triangularly Distorted Dipoles. Byriah Loper suggests that the tiny triangle faces could be enlarged making room to weave in more shapes but I think this one is already more than complicated enough.

Interstellar by Byriah Loper
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Interstellar, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


This next model is officially called Five Interlocking Wrinkled Truncated Tetrahedrically Distorted Skew Rhombic Hexahedra but it goes by the much simpler name of Dark Matter in the book.

Dark Matter by Byriah Loper
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Dark Matter, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


Here's what almost looks like a more complicated version of the Dark Matter wireframe. This one uses 150 units.

Dark Energy by Byriah Loper
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Dark Energy, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


Next is another really great looking star-like model made out of shapes called dipyramids.

Aurora by Byriah Loper
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Aurora, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


The next model is probably my other favourite one in this book. Byriah Loper describes this as the most difficult assembly he's ever done so it's not for the faint of heart.

Event Horizon by Byriah Loper
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Event Horizon, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


The final model in the author's own words, "is the most time-consuming project in this book." This one took almost 30 hours to put together! When it was first constructed it was apparently the largest wireframe model ever made. It has 26 interlocking icosakaipentagonal stars which is where it gets the name Alphabet from.

Alphabet by Byriah Loper
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Alphabet, Designed and Folded by Byriah Loper


Mind Blowing Modular Origami is definitely one of the most interesting origami books I've ever seen and I'd highly recommend it. Just know going in that you're going to have to have some serious origami skills to assemble the later models in the book.

If you're just starting out with origami then this isn't the book for you. If you're already pretty good though, you're looking for a challenge and you enjoy folding modular origami then you definitely need to get this book.


Mind Blowing Modular Origami is available here


Drawing Origami Tome 2

Drawing Origami Tome 2 is Out and it’s Full of Awesome Things to Fold

After 3 years of work Nicolas Terry has finally released his new book Drawing Origami Tome 2. The book features an impressive collection of 33 models to fold ranging from fairly easy to pretty complex. I'd say most of the models in the book are around an intermediate skill level though.

Drawing Origami Tome 2 CoverThe book is only available from origami-shop.com or their U.S. store origamishop.us and there's both a physical and ebook version available.

Get the physical book here

Get the ebook version here

As you can see below, the diagrams are beautifully drawn in colour by an origami artist named Carlos Gonzalez Santamaria (Halle).

Drawing Origami Tome 2 Sample Pages

You can find the first page of each set of instructions on the product page over at origami-shop.com.

Nicolas Terry also posted this excellent guide to all the models in the book on the Origami-Shop.com Flickr account.

Models in the Book

Most of these models have already been folded by some fantastic artists so lets show off their work and take a closer look at the models in this book.

First up in the book is a cute little bat design by Natalia Romanenko.

Bats by Natalia Romanenko
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Bats, Designed and Folded by Natalia Romanenko


This is followed by another fairly easy-to-fold dragonfly by Jassu.

Dragonfly by Jassu
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Dragonfly, Designed by Jassu and Fodled by Luc Marnat


The book then has instructions to fold a great kusudama model. Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos of this model yet.

After the kusudama is this great little Magical Sword.

Magic Sword by Rui Roda
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Magical Sword, Designed by Pere Olivella and Folded by Rui Roda


After that is a really excellent owl design from Juan Gimeno. I love how it's sitting on a paper tree branch in this photo.

Owl by Juan Gimeno
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Owl, Designed by Juan Gimeno and Folded by Rui


Next up is a fantastic Christmas tree model that would be perfect to fold during the holidays.

Christmas Tree by Carlos Bocanegra
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Christmas Tree, Designed by Carlos Bocanegra and Folded by Rui Roda


The book then has a really excellent and not too difficult motorcycle.

Motocicleta - Daniel Bermejo (motorcycle)
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Motorcycle, Designed by Daniel Bermejo and Folded by Rui Roda


Then you'll find instructions for Sebastien Limet's excellent black cat. A really great cartoonish looking origami cat design.

Black Cat by Sebastien Limet
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Black Cat, Desingned and Folded by Sebastien Limet


Next is a really cute sprout design all folded from a single square of paper.

Sprout by Riccardo Foschi
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Sprout, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by Adriano Davanzo


Mindaugas Cesnavicius designed a really excellent origami bull that's not too difficult looking and you'll find that next.

Bull by Mindaugas Cesnavicius
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Bull, Designed and Folded by Mindaugas Cesnavicius


The next model is this really excellent bird with some great colour changes when you use 2 coloured paper.

Pechirojo Bird by Fabián Correa
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Pechirrojo, Designed by Fabián Correa and Folded by Pere Olivella


João Charrua has designed a lot of quite bizarre looking models with a very unique style. This one is definitely one of my favourites and it's really great that the instructions for it are now available.

Mr. Fish by João Charrua
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Mr. Fish, Designed and Folded by João Charrua


The book then has a beautiful looking crane in flight.

Crane in Flight - Anade en Vuelo - Choi Dong Gyu
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Crane in Flight, Designed by Choi Dong Gyu and Folded by Rui Roda


After that however is one of the best rabbit designs out there by Fernando Castellanos.

Rabbit by Fernando Castellanos
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Rabbit, Designed by Fernando Castellanos and Folded by Rui Roda


Next is a really great and not too difficult looking paper horse.

Tormenta China by Patricio Kunz
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Tormenta China, Designed by Patricio Kunz and Folded by Rui Roda


This is followed by a really cool looking bear eating a fish. The whole model is folded from a single sheet of paper and there's an excellent colour change so the fish ends up being a different colour.

Oso Le Mio - Patrício Kunz
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Oso Le Mio, Designed by Patrício Kunz and Folded by Rui Roda


Next though is one of the best origami crabs I think I've seen. I really love how the claws and legs look.

Crab by Fernando Castellanos
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Crab, Designed by Fernando Castellanos and Folded by Rui Roda


Fabian Correa has designed a ton of awesome looking animals. You'll find instructions for his beautiful fox in this book.

Origami Fox by Fabian Correa
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Fox, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa


Next you'll find this cute little paper squirrel. It doesn't look too difficult to fold and the head especially is really cute.

Squirrel by Oriol Esteve
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Squirrel, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda


Most of the paper tiger designs I've seen have been incredibly complex. This is the first time I've seen this design by Oriol Esteve. It's not crazy difficult to fold but it still really looks like a tiger and even has some stripes built into the design.

Tiger by Oriol Esteve
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Tiger, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda


Nicolas Terry of course needed to include one of his own excellent designs in the book and you'll find instructions to fold his incredibly detailed gorilla. The difficulty of these models is definitely starting to increase at this point in the book.

Gorilla by Nicolas Terry
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Gorilla, Designed and Folded by Nicolas Terry


Next you'll find instructions for this really cute paper guinea pig.

Guinea Pig by Nicolas Gajardo
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Guinea Pig, Designed by Nicolas Gajardo and Folded by Pere Olivella


The book then has instructions to fold a paper version of Charlie Chaplin but no one I know has folded him yet.

After that though is one of the most impressive models I've seen. This entire "air show" with all 4 planes is folded from a single square of paper!

Air Show by Lee Jae Gu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/5875461572/

Air Show, Designed and Folded by Lee Jae Gu (Photo by Evan Zodl)


The next model in the book is this adorable playing husky dog.

Playing Husky by Christophe Boudias
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/11454025566/

Paying Husky, Designed by Christophe Boudias and Folded by Luc Marnat


Next is another quite adorable lynx design by Richard Galindo. I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of people folding this model when more people get the book.

Lynx by Richard Galindo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pere-olivella/6189721620/

Lynx, Designed by Richard Galindo and Folded by Pere Olivella


This Lionhead Tamarin is an absolutely fantastic design with some really great colour changes. I love how it's sitting on a branch perfectly in this photo too.

Lionhead Tamarin by Kunsulu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_marmalade/20546629533/

Lionhead Tamarin, Designed and Folded by Kunsulu Jilkishiyeva


This next model is definitely one of the coolest designs I think I've seen out there. I came across it for the first time a couple of weeks ago so it's really awesome to see the instructions for it in this book.

Astronaut by Alejandro Pascual Márquez
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexori/23705318382/

Astronaut, Designed and Folded by Alejandro Pascual Márquez


The next model in the book is a great owl design from master designer Robert J. Lang. Here are a few of them folded from various different sized papers.

Night Hunter by Robert J. Lang
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pere-olivella/35761029932/

Night Hunter, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Pere Olivella


Roman Diaz is another one of my favourite designers and he has a ton of excellent animal designs. You'll find instructions for his Rhinoceros in the book next.

Rhinoceros by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/20855196206/

Rhinoceros, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz


The last few models in the book get a lot more difficult like this fantastic looking border collie.

Border Collie by Ronald Koh
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pere-olivella/35121976743/

Border Collie, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by Pere Olivella


The second last set of instructions in Drawing Origami Tome 2 are for one of the best origami elephants I think I've ever seen.

Elephant by Artur Biernacki
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/10965566113/

Elephant, Designed and Folded by Artur Biernacki


The final model in this amazing book is another tiger that's way, way more complex than the one earlier in the book. This tiger is folded from a single square of paper and it's going to take a lot of time and work to fold all those details and stripes.

Tiger by Choi Ju Young
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129382823@N05/32723714915/

Tiger, Designed by Choi Ju Young and Folded by Lee Junha


I hope you enjoyed our quick review and preview of all the models in this book. A big congratulations to Nicolas Terry, Pere Olivella, Carlos Gonzalez Santamaria and everyone else who was involved with the creation of this book.

Drawing Origami Tome 2 CoverThe book is only available from origami-shop.com or their U.S. store origamishop.us and there's both a physical and ebook version available.

Get the physical book here

Get the ebook version here

If you're going to pick up the book I'd also recommend that you check out this special package of origami paper Nicolas Terry also put together.

Special Paper Package

It has a collection of 72 specially selected papers that are the perfect size, colour and texture to fold each of the models in this book.

Get the paper package here


If you pick up this book let us know what you think in the comments. If you fold anything from this book be sure to share a photo in the comments too!


What’s the Deal with “Origami Tanteidan” Books and Magazines?

When you start getting deeper into origami one phrase that you’ll see come up a lot is “Origami Tanteidan”.

Specifically you’ll see Origami Tanteidan Convention books and Origami Tanteidan magazines mentioned. Usually these books and magazines will be the only place where you can get instructions for certain awesome looking models.

This can all be a little bit confusing so in this post I’ll clarify everything for you.



Tanteidan is a Japanese word that means “detective group.” “The Origami Detectives” was the original name for the group that’s now known as the Japan Origami Academic Society (JOAS).

Tanteidan is pronounced: tahn-tey-dahn.

You can find the official website for JOAS here: http://www.origami.gr.jp

They also have an English section here: http://www.origami.gr.jp/index-e.html

The Japan Origami Academic Society is probably the largest paper folding organization in the world.


Origami Tanteidan Conventions

Every year JOAS holds an Origami Tanteidan Convention in Japan.

This year they held the 22nd Tanteidan Convention from August 12, 2016 to August 14, 2016 in Tokyo.

The conventions feature displays of origami from some of the best and most talented artists and designers in the world.

Origami Tanteidan Convention - My Table


There are lectures about origami and different artists teach groups how to fold their models.

Opening Session 8/17

JOAS opening remarks


There’s even a big dinner and reception.

JOAS reception dinner

Banquet 8/17

I’ve personally never been to one of these conventions but they look like a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend one day.


Tanteidan Convention Books

Every year with each convention JOAS releases a special Tanteidan Convention book. These books have a special selection of paper folding instructions from many different designers that aren’t available anywhere else.

The books are published by a Japanese publisher called Origami House. They’re a little tricky to get ahold of, especially because the older editions are out of print and no longer for sale.

The easiest way to buy the Tanteidan Convention books is through origami-shop.com.

Currently they have the following books available:

Origami Tanteidan 18th Convention Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention

Origami Tanteidan 21st Convention

origami-shop.com is based in Europe but they ship all over the world no problem.

The Tanteidan Convention books cost 34.95 € which works out to about the same amount in USD right now.

The only other place I know where you can buy these books is directly from the Origami House website. Their website is a bit tricky to navigate since everything is in Japanese.

If you can figure our how their site works it’s also possible to order the convention books and pay with PayPal.

Currently they have:

If you’re looking for any older volumes than these you’re pretty much out of luck.

You can try websites like eBay and sometimes people sell used copies but that’s pretty much your only other option.

It would be really great if they made digital copies of the old editions available some day but there are no plans for that as far as I know.


Tanteidan Magazines

JOAS also publishes an Origami Tanteidan Magazine as well. They put out 6 issues a year and one special bonus issue for members only.

The Tanteidan magazines feature diagrams for around 3 to 5 models, a crease pattern challenge and other paper folding related articles. Most of the articles are in Japanese however sometimes they’re translated in English too.

Origami Tanteidan Magazines

In the past the only way to subscribe to receive the magazine was by sending in an international money order. Now however you can subscribe and pay with PayPal.

You can find an English version of their subscription page here: http://origami.gr.jp/JOAS/subscribe-e.html

It costs JPY 6,170 for a year which works out to about $55 USD.

If you want to become a member of JOAS it costs JPY 11,500 (about $100 USD).

By becoming a member of JOAS you get the Tanteidan Magazine subscription, bonus issue and some other benefits like using the JOAS library or voting at their meetings.

On the same page subscription page you can also buy back issues of the magazine going all the way back to issue #61 (currently they’re up to issue #162).

There’s no way to buy individual issues so you have to buy them as part of packages of 6 issues at a time.

origami-shop.com also sometimes carries collections of the Tanteidan magazines as well.


In Conclusion

Hopefully this post cleared up any confusion you might have had about the Origami Tanteidan books and magazines. If you have any questions about anything you've read here feel free to post them in the comments!