I am not what you would call a blackbelt in the art of origami but I couldn’t help but be tempted when I saw Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa on our shelves. This book really covers it all. The instructional diagrams are very detailed and easy to follow while the written portions of the book give fantastic context for the principles and mathematics behind the system of folding.
The 43 models taught in this book range from as few as 14 folds all the way up to 144. While I wasn’t brave enough to tackle the complex models right out of the gate, I found that both the simple and intermediate levels were very accessible for my limited skill set (and patience level).
This Japanese macaque was labeled as a basic level and even with 43 folds, it was relatively easy to complete. The beginning of the book has a great outline on the techniques used and is extremely helpful in ensuring that you don’t get lost in all the dotted lines.
I have named this macaque Phillip
The next item on my list was the horse. An intermediate model seemed like a good challenge after my success with the primate. The folding methods used here were a little more complex than the last model and as you can see below, there were some very tiny folds to be made. This was where I really found the written theory in this book to be helpful.
This book is really an ideal starting place for new hobbyists as well as those who have been folding for a little while. The inclusion of mathematical principles and the history and theory behind it all really highlights the complexity of the art form while also making it very easy to understand as well as appreciate. While I didn’t find every design in the book extremely exciting, each one has a reason to be there and demonstrated a different theme in technique. I am sure that with enough time and patience even completely inexperienced crafters will be able to complete every design in this book.
As an added bonus, you also get to discover that there is actually a practical application for the quadratic equation you learned in high school. I bet you didn’t think it would be a paper horse!