Author(s): Vanda Battaglia
Make simple and fun paper craft models with this easy origami book and paper kit. The ancient art of origami originated in Japan, where it is steeped in traditional values. The 20 models presented in this kit include many with strong symbolic meanings, such as the carp, the frog and the crane, which symbolize longevity, good luck and perseverance. Also included in this kit are paper models which have practical uses, such as a bag in which to store spices or powdered medications, the masu box for containing small gifts, and uniquely shaped notes with elaborate closures. The more playful side of origami is represented as well: the stylized sumo wrestler with realistic moves has entertained Japanese children for centuries, and the paper Samurai hat is fun to play with. Origami is an ideal activity for children since paper folding develops dexterity and creativity. Origami is also a craft based on a few fundamental 3D folding techniques, so "Japanese Origami for Beginners Kit" is a useful starting point for fans of all ages and abilities. Although this book is aimed at origami beginners, it contains projects suitable for origami fans of all ages and abilities and is the perfect book for all those who enjoy making things with their hands. This book opens with an illustrated history of origami that highlights the masters and evolution of this pastime and art form up until the present day. A glossary of important origami folding symbols shows you how to follow the diagrams, which are commonly used to indicate how to fold origami models. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions follow for each of the 20 models. For those who prefer to see the models folded, this kit includes complete video instructions on a free DVD. It also has 72 high-quality origami folding papers, all decorated with a wide selection of traditional Japanese designs and patterns. All of the folds are simple enough to be origami-for-kids projects and are a great way to learn origami. None of the projects require paint or glue; so just grab the included origami paper and start folding right away!
"Beginners simply cannot go wrong! Boxed kit includes a 96-page booklet and DVD instructions for 20 classic origami models plus 72 sheets of colorful folding paper, both patterned and solid 6" x 6". Choose from diagrams with text and/or a professionally made DVD to lead you clearly through the folding sequences of each origami model. The DVD menu lets you skip easily from project to project. Crease patterns, the lines left on a piece of paper when you unfold an origami model also serve as a guide to how each model is made. A variety of engaging folds rich in symbolic meaning." -Handmade by Deb blog "I would highly recommend giving this kit as a gift to someone crafty that is interested in learning beginning origami. The box has a beautiful design and gives the kit an upscale look. The cost of the kit is very reasonable and contains everything needed to get started." -About.com
Vanda Battaglia, born in Bergamo, Italy in 1958, has been an associate of the Centro Diffusione Origami (CDO) organization since 1999, and a member of the board since 2009. She is also involved with "Bergamorigami," a group that promotes local origami exhibitions. She specializes in miniatures and jewelry, and her creations have been included in numerous exhibitions. Francesco Decio, born in Bergamo, Italy in 1956, has been a member of the board of the Centro Diffusione Origami (CDO) organization since 2001. He has edited various publications and designed many models for the CDO. He has participated in premiere origami events in Italy and abroad. Foreword Writer: Sam Ita lives in Queens, New York. Having studied graphic design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he began working as a paper engineer and creating pop-up books. Taking his inspiration from comics, origami, and various other sources, he has applied his talents to publishing, advertising, animation, and toy design. He is noted for his pop-up adaptations of such famous novels as "Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein, " and "The Odyssey." Photographer: Araldo De Luca, who lives and works in Rome, is one of the most highly esteemed art photographers in the world. He complements his visual-narrative language with the skillful use of lighting, and has created a collection of about 80,000 superior art images. He has published in various languages. and throughout the world. more than 30 photographic books including the bestselling "The Treasures of Ancient Egypt."