by David Mitchell
If you think that Complete Origami by David Mitchell is complete, then think again! It is probably impossible that a single book can encompass so much information that it is “complete”. However; having said that, this book is very good, if not fabulous! It contains a variety of origami topics and styles which, as a whole, covers a broad range of what origami is about.
“Cormorant on a Rock” introduces the reader to reverse folds and the concept of dual subjects (the bird and the rock). Very elegant model and not too hard to fold.
“Clingons” can hang onto one another; they demonstrate the versatility of the bird base since they look more human than bird.
Lover’s knot introduces the reader to double blintzing and the technique of pull-out-squash.
Pull-out-squash is also used when converting the crane to a flying crane.
The “Tato” (folding purse) uses a root 5 geometry which is uncommon in traditional origami.
“Give Me Sunshine” is a geometric, bas-relief model representing the sun. The model is made by creasing the paper completely and then collapsing it to the proper shape: a crease-and-collapse design.
Shipwreck is an example of multi-piece origami. This type of origami is often seen in larger displays where many different models contribute to the general theme of the piece. Shipwreck uses the 60 degree folding geometry (equilateral triangle). Although not a butterfly or a bird, this is a sample of representational origami – a ship sinking!
“Artifact” is a polyhedron made from six sheets of paper each folded in the same way. The six sheets are assembled into 3 rings. Interestingly, the 3 rings are not connected to one another but are interlocked. The concept of silver rectangles is introduced. This is the first “advanced” model in this book.
“Love Bird” appears as a bird, but when placed in front of a light, a heart is visible. This is an example of translucency. What appears to be a rather simple bird is actually a clever design which allows for the translucency of the paper to give the model an added level of depth.
“David’s Star” is a crease-and-collapse design. Here a single sheet of paper is made into a stack of six-pointed stars (Star of David). Model is easy to fold, but collapsing it will take a bit of courage for the uninitiated. The concept of bronze-sized paper in introduced. Bronze rectangles are useful in that they easily form 60 degree angles.
At first glance, this “Enigma Bowl” may appear quite plain, however, upon closer examination, you will notice some interesting features. The rim of the bowl is a 8-pointed star, the hole is in the shape of an octagonal, and the base of the bowl is a square. It is made from a complex base unlike those found in traditional origami.
Although Complete Origami by David Mitchell is not complete, it is still a very comprehensive and satisfying origami book. I recommend this book for people who want to go beyond birds, frogs, and boats. The reader will increase their skill level with the crease-and-collapse designs, tessellations, and curved paper. Mitchell is very knowledgeable and imparts a wealth of information regarding origami and mathematics.
Models in this book (click to see photo):