Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient by Robert J. Lang

By Robert J. Lang

The magnum opus of 1 of the world’s prime origami artists, the second one version of Origami layout Secrets finds the underlying options of origami and the way to create unique origami designs. Containing step by step directions for 26 versions, this ebook is not only an origami cookbook or record of instructions—it introduces the basic construction blocks of origami, increase to complex tools akin to the mix of uniaxial bases, the circle/river technique, and tree concept. With corrections and more desirable illustrations, this new increased variation additionally covers uniaxial field pleating, introduces the recent layout means of hex pleating, and describes tools of generalizing polygon packing to arbitrary angles.

With insurance spanning the rules of origami development and complicated tools utilizing either paper and pencil and custom-built unfastened software program, Origami layout Secrets is helping readers domesticate the instinct and abilities essential to improve their very own designs. It takes them past in simple terms following a recipe to crafting a piece of paintings.

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The first stage of origami design is to modify someone else’s work, as you can with the elephants. Origami design is, in large part, built on the past. The origami designers of the present have created new techniques, but in doing so, they used techniques of those anonymous Japanese folders of history (as well as those of their contemporaries, of course). It behooves us to spend some time studying how prior generations of folders designed their models.

Almost any large shape with a trunk is recognizable as an elephant. If the shape has four legs and large, floppy ears, so much the better. 1 shows (designed by Dave Mitchell). 1. Begin with a sheet of writing paper. Fold the upper right corner down along an edge. 2. Finished One-Crease Elephant. 1. Dave Mitchell’s One-Crease Elephant. Do you see it? The elephant is facing to the right. Yes? Perhaps? This simple model—about as simple as you can get—illustrates one of the most important characteristics 41 of origami models: They simplify the subject.

46 Origami Design Secrets, Second Edition B A C D 1. Begin with the colored side up. Fold and unfold along the diagonals. Turn the paper over. 2. Fold and unfold. B A 3. Bring the four corners together at the bottom to make a Preliminary Fold. D D B B A C A C 4. Fold edges AD and CD in to the center line and unfold. Then fold point B down and unfold. B C A C D D 5. Petal-fold front and back to make a Bird Base. 6. Fold and unfold on the near flap. Each crease lies directly over a folded edge. 7.

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