Water Trade ISBN 0-9534774-3-6

To liberally quote from the website: “Origami Alfresco is a collection of 30 elegantly simple and easily reproducible sketches, drawn without pen or ink, using the contrast between the white and coloured surfaces of standard origami paper. The subjects covered range from landscapes through portraits to paradoxical images”. I have long been fascinated with this style of origami (I call it “Painting with Paper”) but the style either grabs you or it doesn’t. Some admire the simplicity and elegance, others just don’t see the point.

To my mind, it has echoes of origami from the early years, when designs sought to capture the essence without worrying too much about realism. It is in many ways reminiscent of the late, great Eric Kenneway, a designer whose influence is rarely seen in today’s work, to my sorrow. Although a few of these ideas have been explored by others, it is a largely original, coherent and thought-provoking body of work which offers a refreshing change to the popular trends of modern origami.

This collection is spread over 44 A4 pages with a softback cover. It is part of Mitchell’s own imprint Watertrade and whilst this outfit is seemingly now sunk, there are still copies of this (and others) to be had. If you don’t snap them up, you’ll regret it.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the kind review, Nick. Although I never met him, I think it is indeed fair to say that my designs are greatly influenced by Eric Kenneway’s ideas, one of which, of course, was to try to give a folding sequence a surprise, or mystery, ending. I find there are several ways to do this. One is to fold face down, so that the design is only revealed when it is turned over. Another is to fold something that is not obviously anything at all until you suddenly reach that ‘aha’ moment. Another is to fold something that is actually several things at once. I think I used all these ideas in Origami Alfresco, and although it is far from being my best-selling book, it is perhaps the one I am happiest with in terms of the quality of the designs.

  2. There is a photo of a black and white minimal penguin on Nick Robinsons site. I think it may be from one of your books. The photo of the penguin is about half way down the page.

    Can you please help me find the diagram for the penguin? Thanks, Todd


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