The Origami Giftbox

A general selection of designs aimed at the beginner or anyone who enjoys simple, elegant designs. I was especially pleased to present work by Shen, Lam and Diaz, who rarely appear in print. The box forms a cardboard sleeve around a soft-backed book, along with a plastic container with some decorative paper inside.

Oh yes, you get an essential plastic origami folding tool, which will double as a dibber if you’re into growing flowers. Whether people will continue to use the binder when they’ve exhausted the paper is another matter, especially if shelf space is tight, but one hopes so 😉

Published by Firefly (an imprint of Quarto), the book itself has turned out really well. I couldn’t have asked for better presentation and the step folds are large on the page – something that sometimes gets overlooked. The book itself is a little insubstantial – anything in a gift box seems to be softback. It was especially nice to publish a Shen design, having sought permission from his widow. He has a huge collection of superb designs, few of which have been seen in a “real” book.

The book has been republished as “Paper Creations – Traditional Japanese Origami”, yet another inaccurate title.

Firefly Books ISBN: 13: 978-1-55407-198-2

Cup by Traditional
page 18 (from Square)

Cicada by Traditional
page 20 (from Square)

French Fry Boat by Unknown
page 22 (from Square)

Glider by Eiji Nakamura
page 24 (from USLetter)

Cat Brooch by Nick Robinson
page 26 (from Square)

Star by Nick Robinson
page 28 (from USLetter)

Fish by Nick Robinson
page 30 (from Square)

Caterpillar by Nick Robinson
page 32 (from Square)

Scotty Dog by Robert Neale
page 34 (from Square)

First Flight by Nick Robinson
page 36 (from Square)

Pixie Boots by Traditional
page 38 (from 2x1)

Envelope by Nick Robinson
page 40 (from USLetter)

Heart by Nick Robinson
page 42 (from Square)

Pterosaur by Nick Robinson
page 44 (from Square)

Lucky Star by Traditional
page 46 (from Other Rect)

Gondola by Traditional
page 48 (from Square)

3D Cube Illusion by Nick Robinson
page 51 (from Square)

Iris by Traditional
page 54 (from Triangle)

Fish Ring by Nick Robinson
page 56 (from Square)

Stiletto Heels by Roman Diaz
page 58 (from dollar bill)

Water Tank by Philip Shen
page 60 (from Square)

Tetrahedron by Tung Ken Lam
page 63 (from Square)

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