Top critical review
Poor, well below expectations
on 26 April 2014
Origami Kit for Dummies gets 3 stars because it fundamentally does what it says on the tin. However the execution and content is dreadful. For the record i am a moderately experienced but lapsed folder and i was looking to get reacquianted with the art.
A book that introduces Origami is duty bound to include 'classics' such as the Sampan, Salt cellar/fortune teller, Kimono, Classic Crane (Orizuru and the 1000 cranes legend that goes with it), Elephant, Rabbit,and inflated Frog. It mentions using money, but fails to include a single dollar-bil design.
A lot of the designs are very abstract which for the artist will be appreciated, but for the layman - ostensibly the target audience for this book - they will rarely be inspired to create them. Personally i would construct the Dragonfly and that's it.
Content aside the instructions are also poorly done. Rather than have each diagram with the explanation below, the two are kept separate. In practice this will mean having two hands on the model and trying to turn pages to get the best value from the instruction.
In all honesty i cannot recommend this book to anyone but an experienced artist or a collector. The 'for Dummies' label would de well to pull this.