Origami Bijou

Fashioned from a single sheet of silver

BOOK REVIEW: ORIGAMI DESIGN SECRETS

Cindy Ng

The 2nd edition of Robert Lang's Origami Design Secrets is here! I have been a long time fan of his and his work is vastly different from mine, but despite the differences, I am in complete agreement with the questions and thoughts expressed in his book. Below are few favorites quotes from the book I found helpful when pursuing the world of origami design. Origami as an art form: "Origami is, first and foremost, an art form, an expression of creativity, and it is the nature of creativity that it cannot be taught directly. It can, however, be developed through example and practice."

Origami can be approached in a very analytical and logic way: "Origami design can indeed be pursued in a systematic fashion."

Questions to ask when you are designing origami: "Does it flow naturally? Is the revelation of the finished form predictable or surprising? Does the use of folded edges contribute or detract from the appearance?"

Subsequent chapters teach the reader basic folds as well as more advanced folds that can transform a simple sheet of paper into a lizard, frog, pegasus, and a few furry eight legged insects. This book is perfect for math geeks who aim to apply their math in a very creative way.