120 pp softback Dover Publications

Origami Worldwide is a collection of models created by origami designers from around the world that John has met on his many travels. Countries represented include Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, and Vietnam.

Designers include (in order of appearance) Nick Robinson, Mark Bolitho, Nicolas Terry, Eric Joisel, Peter Budai, Sipho Mabona, Federico Scalambra, Nicoletta Maggino, Ryan Walsh, Helen Lee, John Szinger, Robert J. Lang, Miguel A. Callisaya, Patricio Kunz Tomic, Roman Diaz, Gareth Louis, Steven Casey, Quentin Trollip, Kuldip Thatte, Kamlesh Gandi, Fumiaki Kawahata, Nguyen Hung Cuong, and Kade Chan Pak Hei.

It isn’t clear what each of the editors did, but the diagrams are very much up to the required standard, using shades of red and grey. They have been created based on original diagrams by the requisite creators. There are basic symbols, otherwise you’re straight into folding at page ten. Whilst the models vary in complexity, it’s safe to say you need to have basic folding skills in order to tackle this book. Subjects are mostly birds and animals, with a few other inanimate subjects included. You can see illustrations of all contents on John’s website

In effect, you’re getting an up-market convention pack with a glossy photographic cover (in contrast to Montroll’s “classic” cover style of drawn artwork). If you’re after quality folding material, clearly illustrated, this will be your cup of tea.

The cost is excellent value at around $10 in the States, or a more expensive £13.50 ($23) in the UK, so my advice is to buy it whilst on holiday in America. It’s shameful how we in England get ripped off by exchange rates, but there’s little to be done about it.

5 Responses

  1. Are the relatively higher prices due to the exchange rate, or that the books have to get shipped ‘cross the pond? (Does Dover have a UK printer/distributor?) In the States, buying books from Japan is horribly expensive; having worked for Sasuga Books in the past, I know that most of the markup is just to cover the shipping costs…

  2. Well, I have folded almost all the models for the cover. It’s an impressive compilation. My favorites (besides Nick’s extremely elegant designs):

    Ocean Liner and Easel (Mark Bolitho, England), Eagle (Nicolas Terry, France), Cat (Eric Joisel, France), Elephant (Federico Scalambra, Italy), Solicino (Nicoletta Maggino, Italy), Hot Air Balloon (John Szinger, USA), Tropical Morpho Butterfly (Robert Lang, USA), Toucan (Migual Callisaya, Bolivia), Reef Fish (Roman Diaz, Uruguay), Polar Bear (Quentin Trollip, S. Africa), Ganesha (Kamlesh Gandhi, India), Pig (Nguyen Hung Cuong, Vietnam) and Fiery Dragon (Kade Chan, China)

    I recommend the book for its variety.

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