paper, 112 p., $17.00
Origami Flowers is an unusual book for garden lovers presenting an innovative method for turning colored paper into attractive, life-like flowers and leaves. Though clearly these cannot replace real flowers, they can provide the pleasure of producing creative and personal art.
The photographs of author Hiromi Hayashi’s handiwork are extremely clear, bright and colorful. Both well-known and lesser known flowers are illustrated: Roses, hyacinths, tulips, gerbera, begonias and orchids are some of the many examples shown. The Origami technique is extraordinarily effective in examining the intricate details that nature provides. The folding diagrams are clearly set out, and Hayashi provides step-by-step instruction, but the process requires considerable skill; a previous knowledge of Origami would be helpful for beginners.
The design and format of the book are very attractive, and there is a comprehensive list of materials and tools, as well as clear instructions, that should encourage the inventive exploration of Origami by garden lovers.
— Bluma Kaplan, volunteer, Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden