Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies

Author(s): Michael G. LaFosse

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Whimsical, exquisite and fragile, butterflies and moths have enchanted and inspired people for centuries. Origami artist Michael G. LaFosse is no exception. His original butterfly paper-folding techniques are a dramatic new development in origami--which some have hailed as the most important advance in origami since the first paper cranes appeared centuries ago. Hundreds of LaFosse butterflies have been featured in exhibitions around the world and his iconic designs are now eagerly sought and widely imitated by folding enthusiasts everywhere. "Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies" presents 26 original projects from LaFosse's extensive butterfly and moth repertoire, including all his personal favorites. This collection has many rarely-seen designs, and several of the models illustrate new technical and design achievements made possible by the ingenious "LaFosse Origami Butterfly Folding System." These elegant forms--each created from a single square sheet of paper without cutting or glue--showcase the versatility of the folding system. All are deceptively simple, yet provide a solid foundation for creative flights of fancy in the hands of an experienced folder. Clear step-by-step instructions show you how to make literally hundreds of different variations by making small adjustments to a few key folds! Whether dry-folded from recycled candy wrappers or wet-folded from expensive handmade papers, these designs exemplify the best aspects of the paper folder's art today. This exciting new book with accompanying DVD represents the culmination of a lifetime of designing and perfecting the art of origami butterflies. It contains everything you need to create your own unique collection! Butterflies include: A Butterfly for Vanessa Gould, The Butterfly for Robert Lang, A Butterfly for Eric Joisel, A Swallowtail for Guy Kawasaki, The Boston Butterfly and The Mudarri Luna Moth.


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"This beautiful and inviting book of nature-inspired art showcases LaFosse and Alexander's mastery as both artists and educators."--Jane Winchell, curator of "Origami Now!" and director of the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum

"This book contains exquisite origami models, easy-to-follow diagrams, beautiful photography and a remarkably insightful view of the world of origami and its people, lovingly and elegantly expressed."--Russell Cashdollar, origami designer and author

"These beautiful designs are simple enough for origami novices, yet their charm and elegance will appeal to serious enthusiasts. With the 'LaFosse Butterfly Folding System, ' origami butterfly design is limited only by your imagination."--Ronald Koh, origami designer and author

Michael G. LaFosse has been an origami artist for decades, and is considered a leading authority and master of the art. An avid teacher, LaFosse co-founded the Origamido Studio, a learning center and design studio dedicated to the art of origami, and the only place in the world specializing in hand papermaking for the origami artist. LaFosse co-curated "Origami Now!," a wildly popular, year-long exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He was also prominently featured in the recent, Peabody Award-winning film, "Between the Folds," by Vanessa Gould.
Richard L. Alexander co-founded the Origamido Studio with Michael G. LaFosse in 1996. He has been the chief papermaker since 2003, and is a frequent collaborator with other famous paper artists. Together, Alexander and LaFosse have created dozens of origami exhibitions, and over 70 books, kits and videos about paper and paper arts.

General Fields

  • : 9784805312261
  • : Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • : Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • : Contains Hardback and DVD
  • : June 2013
  • : 279mm X 216mm
  • : Japan
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael G. LaFosse
  • : Book and DVD
  • : 736.982
  • : 128
  • : Colour