Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder: Full-Color Origami Book with 26 Projects and 2 Instructional DVDs: Great for Kids . Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies has 42 ratings and 4 reviews. Fold beautiful papercraft butterflies with this easy origami cal, exquisit. But by a happy coincidence, Michael LaFosse’s and Richard Alexander’s new softcover book “Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies: Elegant Designs from a.

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Perhaps the best sign of me really really liking a book is that I fall into a folding frenzy after having folded the first model from the book. Unfortunately, nowadays, I butterfliew don’t even find the time to lafosse that first model when I get a new book. As a special treat to myself on that day, I decided to fold a model from the book. You can probably guess what followed. It happened – the folding frenzy.

Within a couple of days I folded over a dozen butterflies from the book. It meant less sleep than I need to stay sane, but one or two nights of that are okay. Anyone who’s visited an origami convention can probably relate. And it was so immensely fun and energizing to fold those absolutely amazing butterflies. My first fold of Michael LaFosse’s butterflies in It also reminded me of my first butterfly, or indeed moth, by Michael LaFosse that I folded.

That was in September at my very first origami convention, the 40th BOS convention held in Cambridge.

There are many things I remember fondly of that first convention experience. Back then she had also brought along some copies of a spiral-bound “Michael G. I hadn’t been keen enough back then to buy the book straight off, but did purchase it later. Strangely enough, though, I never fully explored it.

I remember leafing through it, being intrigued by Michael LaFosse’s butterfly system, yet it didn’t get me folding. And I had plenty more time back then. My previous experience stands in contrast to the busy folding I executed after buying the new book, “Michael Bufterflies Origami Butterflies: However, there are some main differences. Both books are about Michael’s butterfly system, but of the 26 designs included in the new book, only six are also included in the old publication.

In the old, spiral-bound book, different aspects of the butterfly — such as the wing ratios, color changes, head and abdomen shaping or details of the shaping of the wings — were presented separately. Each butterfly design was then described by origaim the different shaping details already presented. This made the modular approach of the design system more apparent, and I understand why Richard Alexander and Greg Mudarri chose to present the designs in this way.


However, it makes simply folding a butterfly much harder. Flipping back and forth is more bothersome than simply following diagrams on the same page.

The new presentation helps you stay in the flow of folding. Additionally, it’s much easier to follow the diagrams — burterflies for beginners — when they don’t have to reference butterfliies pages.

Review: “Origami Butterflies” by LaFosse and Alexander | OrigamiUSA

After all, such general lafose will not show the model exactly as it looks. Instead, you have to understand the concept and then apply it to a model that looks slightly different. An experienced origamist will not have great difficulty with this, but beginners are bound to struggle.

This then may reduce the enjoyment someone gets from folding, or even lead to them giving up. Hence I am immensely pleased with this new presentation, which removes some of the shortcomings of the old presentation, while not removing any of the valuable content previously provided.

As a special extra, all designs are presented in video instructions on two DVDs. These butterfliee videos are of excellent quality, and a pure joy to watch. It is a privilege to watch such a master folder handle the paper and explain how the folding influences the final model. The fact that all designs are both presented in diagrams and video has special appeal. For one, it does not matter which medium you prefer — diagrams or video.

But more importantly, to me this means it’s also the perfect book for beginners. They can learn to read diagrams by watching a video and seeing how it translates into diagrams.

Origamido: Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies

Once they get the hang of it, they can try and simply fold from lafoses. And if they get stuck, they can always use the video to check how to perform the step correctly. This book lends itself well to folders of all levels — including but definitely not exclusively for beginners. The designs are beautiful, elegant, a total eye-catcher. Models that you are already in love with are always so nice to fold — especially when you can achieve results similar to the ones presented in the photos.

This is so true for Michael LaFosse’s butterflies.

The designs require only quite basic folds, and can be completed within minutes. Minor inaccuracies don’t necessarily take away from the model. This is a nice side effect of Michael’s design system. Changing the ratio leads to different butterflies, so if you don’t quite hit the landmarks, it’s more like folding a variation that fits in the system.

Indeed, the model I’ve probably taught most to complete beginners is the Alexander Swallowtail Butterflyfor which an instructional video is also available online for free at http: This video, by the way, is also a good example of the quality in which the videos that come with the book are produced in.


Various butterflies folded from 3. As for advanced folders — there is such beauty achieved when selecting just the right paper. It was a great privilege for me to fold my first butterfly from Origamido paper — something I perhaps didn’t appreciate as much back in as I do now. But even back then I knew the paper was special, and even today I am struck by the beauty of the fold. It is also why I felt inspired to make a couple of paper sandwiches gluing two sheets of kozo together to make duo-colored squares when I went into my folding frenzy.

After all, origami isn’t just about folding, it’s also about paper! I will end this review, which was about so much more than just this book, with a definite call to action: All three will be a great investment with a return of much happiness, hours of pure enjoyment, and awe of the wonderful work by Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander! Initially I understated that The models themselves [presented in both books], I suppose, are generally speaking the same.

To avoid misunderstanding I extended this to the point out that indeed the old and new publication only share six designs, and that the new publication includes previously unpublished extensions to Michael’s butterfly system. A journey back My first fold of Michael LaFosse’s butterflies in Differences between the old and new presentations My previous experience stands in contrast to the busy folding I executed after buying the new book, “Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies: Plus, all diagrams – even those for the six already published butterflies – were redrawn by Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander from scratch.

These diagrams are much more accessible. Each step is clearer, but more importantly, each butterfly is presented autonomously.

Review: “Origami Butterflies” by LaFosse and Alexander

Let me explain what I mean by that. A book for everyone This book lends itself well to folders of all levels — including but definitely not exclusively for beginners. Additional resources The hard facts softcover book with pages and two video DVDs English throughout 26 butterfly designs, presented both in printed diagrams and in video instructions published in April by Tuttle Publishing table of contents Where to buy Origami USA Tuttle Publishing Amazon.

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