Origami Flowers by LaFosse & Alexander – Book Review

Origami Flowers by LaFosse & Alexander - Book Review via @paper_kawaii

LaFosse & Alexander’s Origami Flowers

“Lifelike Paper Flowers to Brighten Up Your Life”

Published by: Tuttle
ISBN 978-0-8048-4312-6
Price: $30 USD

About the Authors:

Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse have been teaching and exhibiting origami at their studio ‘Origamido’ in the USA since 1996. You can find out more by visiting their website, here.

Origami Flowers by LaFosse & Alexander - Book Review via @paper_kawaii

Book Overview:

Origami Flowers by LaFosse & Alexander - Book Review via @paper_kawaii

This 96 page book contains 20 origami models, consisting of flowers and leaves. The first 14 pages have information about using the book and the complementing DVD as well as the standard origami keys. This section includes an in-depth look at materials, techniques and tools you may need to create an origami flower display such as floral tape and wire.

The diagrams that follow are printed in full colour, with an introduction to the model at the start. Each step has a short but useful description. This book includes models predominately by Michael G. LaFosse with Richard Alexander. One model is by Kyoko Kondo and one is a traditional model, the Lily.

There is a nice balance of easy, intermediate and harder models in this book, with ‘Anne’s Orchid’ proving to be quite difficult for me. My favourite two flowers would have to be the ‘Modular Blossom’ and ‘A Rose For Irene’, which are featured in the photos below, along with the simplest origami model, the traditional Lily.

Origami Flowers by LaFosse & Alexander - Book Review via @paper_kawaii

I would say this book is more suitable for beginners and intermediate folders. I have read numerous origami books and folded hundreds of flowers, so it was nice to see some original designs.

The quality of the book itself is pretty high, its a soft cover, but the simple stapled spine makes it easy to open the book without it flipping closed. The pages are modern satin, thin but sturdy. The colours and the photos are high quality and pretty. The size is about A5, which makes it easy to handle, and cute!

The kit contains 20 one sided 15 x 15 cm origami papers in red, green, purple and yellow, as well as 160 of the 7 x 7cm which include orange and pink. The quality of this paper is a good thin matte, with the colours being nice and vibrant.

You can play the DVD on your computer or in a DVD player, obviously. When you play the DVD there is a menu with options to play a specific tutorial for each model. The tutorial is narrated and very clear and easy to follow along, you will need to pause the video while folding, in order to keep up.

The origami ‘Modular Blossom’,  ‘A Rose For Irene’ and the traditional Lily.

Packaging:

The book comes in a robust box, which has a fitted cardboard insert containing the paper and DVD, which makes this Origami Kit a perfect gift for your friends that fold.

I was not paid for this review, this book was sent to me by Tuttle, to review and giveaway.

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Rachel Clyne
Rachel Clyne
7 years ago

Thanks for a chance to win!

Giu.
Giu.
7 years ago

I would love to win this book 🙂

Anita Punjabi
Anita Punjabi
7 years ago

I would love to win this book!
It is not available here in India and won’t be for a while!
I would really be lucky and grateful to win this!

dezi
dezi
7 years ago

These look absolutely lovely! Need to make more time for origami again!

dxc1903
dxc1903
7 years ago

Nice book 😀

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

Yay pretty flowers!

Bente Solbjørg
Bente Solbjørg
7 years ago

I love to win this book. ☺

molossus, whose life imitates doodles
molossus, whose life imitates doodles
7 years ago

I would LOVE to win this book! It looks incredible!

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

Love the book 😀

Maria L
Maria L
7 years ago

I have never seen this tulip before, and I’m trying to figure out how to fold it… but then I may be lucky and win this book (or buy it some time later) 🙂

Mai Anh
Mai Anh
7 years ago

Wow, I would love to win

Han
Han
7 years ago

This book looks gorgeous! I hope I win!

Grace
Grace
7 years ago

Hi! 🙂
I love your blog! Thankyou so much for all of the amazing tutorials! Everything you make is so perfect and kawaii hehe
I’ve gone back through all of your posts and have a list of things to make now, my favorite so far is the hexagonal box its so cool how it goes together! The only thing is that I have been having trouble finding good paper to use I can only find scrapbooking paper that is too thick and thin priinter paper that doesn’t hold its shape 🙁 any ideas where I can look? Im in Australia.

Thankyou! xo Grace 🙂

Grace
Grace
7 years ago
Reply to  Chrissy

Thanks so much 🙂
I had a look at craft shops aswell and one sheet of A4 paper was $1 for plain paper and that was the cheapest the printed colour paper was so expensive! !! 🙁
I haven’t had much luck finding any suitable paper at all, they’ve been too thick or really expensive and not coloured. Ill have to keep searching!
I made your modular lotus flower which I really loved but mine looks silly! I don’t know if the paper was too thick (even though I thought it was quite thin) which made it too stiff looking but it just looks stiff and wrong lol
thanks again! xo Grace

Tiffany
Tiffany
7 years ago

Wow some of the flowers look cute and fun to make, I’d love to try! Thanks for throwing this giveaway, I love your blog and origami!

Melissa Carlin
Melissa Carlin
7 years ago

This is an AMAZING web sight! I feel so fortunate to have come across the entire sight. This giveaway is very special! I would adore a kit like this. I so need visuals of actual hands folding as opposed to diagrams with dotted lines that I find super confusing. Thanks for the chance : )

The Elite Dreamer
The Elite Dreamer
7 years ago

This is great I can’t wait to see who wins ( if I don’t win congrats to the winner ) thanks for this opportunity Chrissy

Haley Scully
Haley Scully
7 years ago

This is a great giveaway! My brother loves origami, so this would be an awesome present for him. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

Abbey Chong
Abbey Chong
7 years ago

cute! hope I get this! I love making flowers…they’re soo preettaayyy… 🙂

Susan
Susan
7 years ago

Would love to win. I enjoy learning new ways to fold paper.

Annie
Annie
7 years ago

Really love all your origami! 🙂

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