Book Review: New Expressions in Origami Art

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804846776
Format: Hardcover

Date Published: 03/07/2017

Illustrations: color photos throughout
Number of Pages:192
Trim Size: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2


Origami art has come a long way since the simple paper crane! New Expressions in Origami Art features 25 of the most import paper artists today. These artists are transforming the art of Origami to higher and higher artistic levels. They go beyond the simple steps of folding and creasing paper squares into animal shapes to producing political and cultural statements with their paper art sculptures.
The Israeli artist Miri Golan, for example, uses her paper art as a way to combine her love of teaching Origami with social activism. She has educational programs in all Christian, Jewish and Muslim schools in Israel. She believes that origami can go beyond mathematical concepts and help people form relationships and overcome their differences. She has created an organization called Folding Together that unites Palestinian and Jewish children.These are kids that otherwise would never have had the opportunity to meet one another. The fun of origami folding becomes the basis of new friendship opportunities.
Each chapter of the book tells the story, techniques, and philosophy of a featured artist. These sections also have detailed examples of the artist’s best works. The photos are gorgeous, and the paper art projects are phenomenal. If you love creating paper art, you will find this book a great source of inspiration. Even if you are not an artist, you will love looking at the beautiful photos. This book will surely be displayed proudly as your favorite coffee table art book. 


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Origami Peace Cranes Book Review

Origami Peace Cranes
Publisher: HardcoveTuttle Publishing
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:09/12/2017
Illustrations:32 full-color illustrations; 12 sheets of Origami Paper
Number of Pages:32
Trim Size:8 1/2 X 11

Origami Peace Cranes is a book written for children but with a world message. Sue DiCicco the author is a former Disney Animator, artist and sculptor who is on a mission. She has created The Peace Crane Project which connects children through the arts and promotes peace, love and tolerance.

This book is a part of that mission. It features Emma a new girl in town and her quest to make friends. Emma feels at first that she has to change her self on the outside to be “worthy” of friendship, but is her own worst enemy. Things change for Emily through an origami crane project at school, and she realizes that who she is good enough. She cannot be anyone else other than who she is and that is alright. People will accept her authentic self.

Origami cranes with messages are featured as a key to communication between diverse groups in the book. You can try spreading your own message of world peace by folding  origami cranes and giving them to others with your messages of love and peace. The book includes instructions for folding  origami cranes  and a free pack of origami paper. After you are finished give them to your family, your friends and strangers. Everyone will appreciate and treasure your origami crane gift.

The book is engaging, has beautiful drawings and a presents a wonderful learning lesson for children. There is, however, one aspect of the book that may be difficult for young children. If your little ones want to make their own origami cranes, they will probably need a lot of direction and guidance from an adult. The paper crane diagrams are difficult to follow. This is not a craft that is age appropriate for younger children. They will however, probably love the story and insist that it be read to them over and over again.

Make sure to visit Sue’s website, to learn what you can do to connect with others and continue the mission.

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