By Mark Bolitho
Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of the Quarto Group 2018
Paperback (includes pack of 32 sheets of origami paper, patterned + plain),
£14.99 UK/ $19.99 US/$25.99 CAN
Star rating: *****
Mark Bolitho, former chairman of the British Origami Society, is a prolific origami author. His themed origami books are a delight to behold. Origami Paper Boxes, a new title of his, has particular appeal for general papercrafters, since many of the boxes can be used for packaging small gifts.
Like so many books these days, an emphasis is placed on the mindful benefits of origami. Peaceful concentration is required to produce the models, and you will also experience awe as you witness the wonder of geometric perfection.
The book features more than 25 boxes presented in four different categories: Classic Designs, Modern Boxes, Two-Piece Boxes, and Modular Boxes. There a several swirl-close boxes, and a sweet mini-shopping bag style called Pinch. The unit-pieced modular designs are all named after tea varieties. The Lapsang Box is hexagonal and features an appealing diagonal effect.
A handy feature of the book is that each project is accompanied by a diagram indicating the dimensions of the completed model (when constructed with an 18 x 18 / 7 x 7 in origami sheet).
The projects are attractively photographed, and are accompanied by clear folding diagrams and instructional copy. Star ratings for complexity are assigned – so you can opt for quick results or a challenging folding experience.
The pack of origami paper, tucked inside the back cover, is a good mix of plains and patterns, all coloured on the flip side.
I really had to focus hard on writing this review – I was so tempted to try my hand at making the lovely Origami Paper Boxes.
Note: I was given a review copy of this title.