About the author
Mari Ono is an expert in origami and all forms of papercrafts. Born in Japan, she has lived in the United Kingdom for many years with her artist husband, Takumasa, where both work to promote Japanese art and crafts. Her previous books include The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts, published by North Light Books.
Roshin Ono came to the UK from Japan at the age of 7 with his mother and father. Now aged 14, he has participated in events introducing Japanese culture to the western world and has taught many children how to produce beautiful origami models.
Whether you love cute and cuddly animals like the baby bear and the cheeky monkeys, or are friends with the feathered variety, you are sure to go wild for any of the 35 innovative designs. There are four great chapters explaining how to really bring your paper to life. ‘Animal Fun’ has classic designs like the crane and fox, while ‘Safari’ takes its inspiration from the Serengeti with projects for zebras, giraffes, lions and more. Next is ‘Sea World’, home to ocean dwellers including the dolphin, sea turtle and even a blowfish, and the ‘Forest chapter’ has ideas to transform your paper into a tree-dwelling owl or squirrel. Every project comes with simple step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, as well as helpful arrows showing you where to fold. Each design has also been given a skill rating, so start with a simple one and once you’ve mastered that move on to something a bit more challenging. 50 specially designed pieces of origami paper are included with the book, meaning you can start folding right away.