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Theres more to origami than cranes.
It started centuries years ago, likely in Japan, and has had widespread appeal ever since. New variations appear all the time. Traditionalists will enjoy Amazing Origami and pop-culture enthusiasts can try their hand at folding Darth Vaders black helmet.
Chris Alexander, author of Star Wars Origami, had been enthralled by Star Wars since the movie entered theaters in 1977.
I saw the original Star Wars when it first came out, he said at Celebration VI, a Star Wars convention held in Orlando, Florida. I have been a fan ever since. I started doing origami when I was 4, so that would be 1969, so I have been an origami fan since then. Everyone always wants to put their hobbies together, this is my result.
Alexander, whose real life job is a Los Angeles air traffic controller, says, The Internet made it really accessible to everybody. So, now its just getting more and more popular as time goes on.
Amazing Origami takes a more traditional look at paper folding. The introduction points out that in Japanese ori means to fold and gami means paper.
With 144 beautifully patterned sheets of paper, you can make seventeen different origami models running from a Luna moth, swan, Magnolia blossom and even a goldfish Koi. The diagrams are by Michael G. LaFosse or Gay Merrill Gross.
All the authors point out that you need to practice, practice, practice, before trying out the enclosed papers. Star Wars Origami includes printed sheets as well.
Alexander fell into making Star Wars origami by accident. He was teaching children how to fold a penguin, turned it on its side, and realized you have a B-wing starfighter from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, something in-depth fans of the films would recognize.
Visiting a friend who was also a big Star Wars fan, he showed off the B-wing and an X-wing fighter hed folded. His friend told him to write a book about them.
I said I cant. I dont know how to write, I dont know how to invent, I dont know how to design them, put them on paper, and he said, so teach yourself, says Alexander. Fifteen years later, his book has been published. It has 36 designs including lightsabers, R2-D2 droid, the Wookiee Chewbacca and an Imperial shuttle.
Hes made extensive origami sets for the stars of the movies including an elaborate display I made to George Lucas. He said it was amazing.