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Origami to Astonish and Amuse: Over 400 Original Models, Including Such
     

Origami to Astonish and Amuse: Over 400 Original Models, Including Such "Classics" as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisib

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by Jeremy Shafer
 

Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real!

In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with

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Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real!

In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with hundreds of entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative.

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From the Publisher
“A brilliant and bizarre take on art and life.” —Peter Engel, author of Folding the Universe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312254049
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/06/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
169,404
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.66(d)

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Meet the Author

Jeremy Shafer has been folding for fifteen years and has created hundreds of original models, each folded from one piece of paper, without cutting. He has been published in major origami journals in the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and has exhibited his work at seven OrigamiUSA conventions. He is a member of the Friends of Origami Center of America and is the editor of the BARF (Bay Area Rapid Folders) newsletter. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Origami to Astonish and Amuse: Over 400 Original Models, Including Such "Classics" as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisib 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really recomend this book for people who want to take up origami. Because it has amazing projects. Exspecialy the project of the fold away hat, after i made it i brought it to the beach and every ware and it took me only 3 hours to make. my mom loved it cause it folded up so small.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely worthwhile for any origami enthusiast. Some of the models are rather unusual¿but interesting! I really appreciate the 'Thoughts behind the folds' sidebar from Jeremy. It really personalizes things and adds a cool teaching element that other books lack. Not only that, but the whole book reflects Jeremy's unique sense of humor and entertaining style to make your reading and folding experience quite fun. Thanks for the great first book, Jeremy! I look forward to many more. ¿Creativity Enthusiast
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeremy Shafer has written a book that lives up to it's name. It's been too long since I enjoyed an origami book this much. Some of the models make 'astonish' an understatement. The action models do some amazing almost miraculous things. While many of the models are quite challenging, there are models to please all levels of folders. Even some great action models require only the most basic paper folding skill. It's rare that an origami book combines so many fine features. The diagrams are understandable and beautifully executed. The pictures are amusing and informative. He has a wry, playful, and occasionally macabre sense of humor that is reflected in both his models and his commentary on them. He is thorough in listing his influences, inspirations, and collaborators. He is scrupulously honest in revealing when any of the models are derivative and giving credit where it is due. There are some origami books no origami lover should be without, and this is one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was bored yesterday, and looking through my rainy day activity drawer, I came upon some old origami paper. I realized that I didn't have a book, so off to the store I went. Expecting to find stuffy books about the 10 comandments of origami, and same ol same ol models, I instantly went to the book about astonishing and amusing. Well, 6 hours later I have laughed till I have cried, and made 7 different models...my favorite is a tie between the walking boat and the dancing people. This is a book that relates to those of us that aren't so rigid and stuffy, (and lets face it, those of us who aren't normal :o) ) I can not wait until Jeremy writes another one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Origami to Astonish and Amuse encapsulates my 18 years of designing origami. It contains step-by-step diagrams for how to fold 89 original models ranging from simple to complex. I don't mean to be reviewing my own book (ignore the 5 stars I gave it!). The reason I am writing is to alert the reader to an inaccuracy on the front cover: It reads 'Over 400 original models...' when in fact, as I stated above, there are only 89. Besides the cover error, I'm very pleased with how the book came out. I hope readers will enjoy folding these models as much as I have. Sincerely, Jeremy Shafer