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who is the best at origami?

Postby OrigamiGeek » February 21st, 2012, 6:04 am

I was wondering. who is the best at origami? and what is the best origami book? and what is the best origami modle?
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby maddoghoek100 » February 21st, 2012, 7:07 am

Best artist or book, depends on what you like and what your skill level is. the list of excellent creators gets longer every day, but below are a few names recognized for different things from animals, modulars, complex folding, and tessellations.

Yoshizawa, Neil Elias, Eric Joisel, Robert Lang, John Montroll, David Brill, Peter Engel, Paul Jackson, Michael LaFosse, Jun Maekawa, Tomoko Fuse, Eric Gjerde, Satoshi Kamiya, Quentin Trollip, Roman Diaz, and the list just goes on and on.

Some are important parts of the history of origami and have passed away (like Yoshizawa, Neil Elias, Eric Joisel) others have been around for years (Lang Montroll). There are more names of great authors than could be put in a list and many of them post here in these forums, so i hope no one is offended for not being mentioned. There are free models online from almost all of these authors that you can test out

One book i always recommend because it is reasonably priced and has models across a range of skill levels is: Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby OrigamiGeek » February 21st, 2012, 8:38 am

OK thanks :D. I was thinking of buying Genuine Origami :D
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby GWB origami » February 21st, 2012, 12:36 pm

i have genuine origami and it is FANTASTIC! i really love it. i've only had it for a year but it already has a few spots where the color rubbed because i use it so much :D
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby OrigamiGeek » February 21st, 2012, 1:12 pm

GWB origami wrote:i have genuine origami and it is FANTASTIC! i really love it. i've only had it for a year but it already has a few spots where the color rubbed because i use it so much :D

cool I have only bin doing origami for a year and 6 months lol
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby Baltorigamist » February 21st, 2012, 11:00 pm

Some of the folders I really look up to are Brian Chan, Jason Ku, and Robert Lang and Satoshi Kamiya.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby GWB origami » February 22nd, 2012, 12:00 am

Baltorigamist wrote:Some of the folders I really look up to are Brian Chan, Jason Ku, and Robert Lang and Satoshi Kamiya.

same here they are really good.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby phillipcurl » February 22nd, 2012, 6:37 pm

Another rather unknown but very good designer is Yoshino Issei.
sadly, he died in late 1996, but his models still are very good, some even better than what you would find today. He was the Satoshi Kamiya of the '90s.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby Maloriar » February 22nd, 2012, 7:19 pm

To me, Eric Joisel is awesome. His models are incredible. Unfortunatly, he died in October, 2010.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby phillipcurl » February 22nd, 2012, 7:22 pm

all the best artists are being killed off...
i really hope that Kamiya or Lang isn't next :(
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby Baltorigamist » February 22nd, 2012, 8:58 pm

They're not being killed off; as far as I know they all died naturally. Kamiya is pretty young, but I guess a few folders out there are getting pretty old (Lang's in his mid-60s, I think). But hopefully they'll still be around for several more years.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby Razzmatazz » February 22nd, 2012, 9:26 pm

If lung cancer is considered dying naturally, then Joisel did indeed die from natural causes.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby maddoghoek100 » February 22nd, 2012, 9:37 pm

well it isnt getting hit by bus, so i would call it natural causes. I don't think the doing origami is necessarily high risk, so we are probably safe.

Joisel was a huge loss to the community, as was the loss of Neal Elias and Akira Yoshizawa who both died in 05.

there are others but those guys all influenced me in a huge way.
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby Baltorigamist » February 22nd, 2012, 10:04 pm

I wasn't sure about Josiel, but wasn't Yoshizawa like in his 90s?
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Re: who is the best at origami?

Postby phillipcurl » February 22nd, 2012, 10:40 pm

I believe he was in his 80's.
And Yoshino was the same age as kamiya is now when he died.
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