A design of mine for my forthcoming “Butterfly Origami” book. Nothing revolutionary, but it seems to capture the “squidginess” of the real thing…
Solveig Greig has published some nice posts about my books ;)
I’ve been taking photos of the models for my forthcoming “Butterfly Origami” book. I’m delighted to say that Michael LaFosse has contributed both an article on the development of the subject in origami, and a brand new design. It also features a Yoshizawa butterfly, approved by his estate ;) #butterflygami
Joan Sallas has organised another conference in Germany and I’ve been asked to teach. Really looking forward to this!
Origami books tend to fall into a few specific categories; the most common being collections of diagrams. Some cover the techniques required for folding and a few focus on the artistic qualities of work by master folders. Here, at long last is a new category, an autobiography of a talented but relatively unknown folder from Buenos Aires in Argentina.
The author is Laura Rozenberg, herself an Argentine, who is a volunteer managing editor for OUSA’s “The Paper” and is in the process of setting up a museum of paper-folding in Uruguay. She is thus perfectly situated to research and write this book.
Montoya (1920-1967) was a recluse who spent her time in her room, obsessively designing and folding new models. Thankfully, she shared these during correspondence with several key figures of the origami world, including Yoshizawa, Harbin, Elias, Oppenheimer and Legman. All of them greatly admired her work and her untimely death at the age of 47 surely robbed the world of a major creative talent. Legman in particular had a close relationship over many years. The book tells her fascinating story with both empathy and objectivity.
The book is beautifully presented and makes us of photos, diagrams and more artistically presented images. It covers Montoya’s life, but also presents it as a fascinating social history. Rozenberg’s researches have unearthed some fascinating archive documents and anyone with the slightest interest in the history of paper-folding will find this utterly fascinating. There are a few diagrams, but this is primarily an academic text, albeit written in a style that younger readers would easily be able to understand. I can easily see how this book would fit into several different areas of an educational curriculum.
I read the book from cover to cover and will undoubtedly do so again. Montoya’s work is graceful and inspiring. You can find a list of her published designs at www.giladorigami.com/origami-database/Ligia Montoya and many diagrams can be found on the “The Origami World of Neal Elias” DVD written by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman (available at www.nickrobinson.info/origami/elias_dvd)
Lacking the economies of scale that commercial publishers can enjoy, the book costs £20 including free delivery and if you have any interest in the history of paper-folding, I urge you to invest in a copy.
Here’s a tribute to the hair with a life of its own…
To launch my #Trumpigami page, here’s a model of the infamous “Mexican Wall”, with the aim of offering a quick, low-cost solution to the project. And thanks to the wonders of the Interweb, I’ve shared it on Donald’s Facebook page…
This classic has been republished for the 5th time (that I know of) again, this time in German. I emailed the company and they have kindly sent a copy.
A small sticker on the cover amusingly says “Die fleigen immer! Garantiert!” (they always fly, guaranteed) – I wouldn’t like to be in their legal department ;)