Book Review #5: Home Decorating with Origami


Book Review #5: Home Decorating with Origami

March 28, 2012
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I have come to a realization after putting together my first origami-instructional on how to make a paper crane: it’s a lot easier to follow origami directions than to write them yourself! That being said, I have a newfound appreciation for Tomoko Fuse, the author of Home Decorating with Origami. Tomoko’s simple illustrations and clear instructions are something that I have probably been taking for granted for years— no longer! I now recognize her genius in a more humbled light.

Home Decorating with Origami was one of the first books by Tomoko Fuse that I purchased and it has lead the way to me purchasing many of her other titles. I have already mentioned how easy Tomoko’s instructions are to understand, but this cannot be understated! Some other origami authors manage to confuse the reader so thoroughly by presenting conflicting illustrations and poorly translated text (since most of the books are originally from Japan), but not Tomoko! She often anticipates any questions readers will have and has them covered with detailed illustrations  and sidebars. Tomoko also gives a nice introductory section where she breaks down what all the symbols in traditional origami instructions mean— something I wish all origami authors did! Because of her excellent instructions anybody over the age of 12 could probably pick up her book and accomplish any design within that they wish to accomplish.

Moving along to the content—  Home Decorating with Origami has some interesting designs that can be used as either functional or decorative objects. Want cheap home decor? Why not make it out of paper!  There are patterns available to make boxes, bowls, envelopes, stars, vases and even a rest for chopsticks. A lot of the patterns aren’t really “traditional origami” (i.e. they require more than one piece of paper), but this fact does not bother me in the slightest. Sprinkled throughout the book are Tomoko’s anecdotes about origami (in general) and what you can do with the objects once you have folded them. My favorite anecdote: Tomoko’s advice on what to do if you have no time for origami (her advice: it will wait for you, no worries).

After completing a few box and star designs from the book, I am comfortable in proclaiming that anybody can create anything they want with the help of Tomoko Fuse’s excellent directions. Thank goodness I found her early in my origami career 🙂

Disclaimer: This post contains links, some affiliate. I am not paid by any company to write about this product— I simply like it enough on my own to review it here in detail. Just in case you needed to know 😉


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