The Origami of Neal Elias by Dave Venables
2018, 252 pages published by the British Origami Society.
When Dave Venables appeared on the scene in the early seventies he soon became aware of the work of Neal Elias. His admiration for Neal’s designs led to a friendship of many years during which Dave painstakingly diagrammed many of his favourite models. As families they met on several occasions and during Neal’s later years he passed his origami designs to Dave for safe keeping.
This important publication contains instructions for thirty of Neal’s most admired designs and is a fitting tribute to the work of one of the greatest American paperfolders.
Neal was most prolific in the fifties and sixties. In those days, paper backed foil was popular material to fold and often using box pleating techniques, Elias was able to recreate many items of art including the human form which does not appear that often in the origami world. Included here are his 3D elephant, the iconic Moment of Truth from a picture by Spanish artist, Llopis and the beautiful Last Waltz. There are also instructions for The Mad Hatter, The Last Supper, Man in an Armchair and Peacock which have not been published before.
Also included are a number of exercises to help explain the techniques used throughout the book. Neal’s own personal diagrams have also been collated and are available as an accompanying DVD ROM from Dave himself.
For those interested in the history of origami, David Lister’s detailed history of the origami movement fifty years ago paints a perfect picture of someone whose work should never be forgotten. Highly recommended but please note that these are not models that a beginner would find easy.
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