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Badalucco, Laura.
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Uniform Title:
Kirigami English
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT870 .B22 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Create a whole world out of a sheet of paper! In the Japanese art of kirigami it takes just a cut and a fold to form three-dimensional trees, animals, and buildings, as well as an array of decorative cards, household items, and drawings. With the techniques, projects, and templates provided here, shape such magical designs as a Christmas landscape, a delightful circus set, a "Window on Paris," birthday cards, a pencil holder, and much more! 160 pages (all in color), 7 5/8 x 10 1/4.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Once used to make votive offerings to the gods, Japanese paper folding and cutting now becomes a new kind of expression for the contemporary age. Because it involves the use of scissors (or straight-edged implements), kirigami is far more intricate than its cousin origami, with folds and circles and glues that need to be applied. In fact, end results resemble a Museum of Modern Art creation rather than a centuries-old craft. The more than 45 patterns feature strikingly geometric forms of birds, fish, alphabets, and even bear cubs. Each design is highlighted by complete directions, indications of the simplicity or difficulty of folding and cutting, step-by-step color photographs, and close-ups of the finished product. A final note for the eminently practical: take note of the very worthy utilitarian objects, such as a lamp and a pencil holder. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Many people are familiar with Japanese folded paper art, or origami, but kirigami is less well known. Kirigami consists of three-dimensional figures, sometimes called pop-ups, formed by slits cut in folded paper. The projects in this book are mainly for cards that unfold to reveal cutout animals, buildings, or messages. Cards may be decorated or mounted on contrasting backgrounds. This guide to an unusual and exacting craft that requires some practice to master is recommended for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Techniquep. 9
Papers and Cardsp. 10
Toolsp. 14
Cutting and foldingp. 14
Decoratingp. 15
Basic Techniquesp. 16
Determining the grainp. 16
Mountain and valley foldsp. 18
Some practicep. 18
Creasing and scoringp. 19
A Typology of Foldsp. 20
90[degree] - 0[degree] - Tunnelp. 20
0[degree] - 180[degree] - 180[degree] slotted modelp. 21
Parallel folds and converging foldsp. 22
Generations and Multi-levelsp. 23
Work Phasesp. 24
Transferring the pattern onto the cardp. 24
Marking foldsp. 25
Cuttingp. 26
Foldingp. 27
90[degree] symmetricalp. 27
90[degree] multi-levelp. 28
Generationsp. 29
Tunnelp. 30
180[degree]p. 31
Applying a backing sheetp. 32
Handy Tipsp. 34
Erasing pencil marksp. 34
Cutting sharp cornersp. 34
Righting a wrong cutp. 34
A glue stainp. 34
Perfect circlesp. 35
Finishing off edgesp. 35
Decoratingp. 36
Sprayingp. 36
Watercolorp. 37
India inkp. 38
In reliefp. 39
Abstract Cardsp. 43
Zigzagp. 44
Three-foldp. 50
Wavesp. 52
Flocks of birdsp. 54
Lotus flowerp. 56
Birthday Cardsp. 59
Alphabetp. 60
Heartp. 64
Little flowerp. 66
Christmas cardsp. 68
Fir treesp. 70
Christmas landscapep. 72
For the Little Onesp. 75
Circusp. 76
Bear cubsp. 82
Childrenp. 84
Little carsp. 86
The Seap. 89
Fishp. 90
Dolphinsp. 94
Sailing boatsp. 96
Sunset on the seap. 98
Architecturep. 101
Window on Parisp. 102
New York skyscrapersp. 106
Tower Bridgep. 108
Fenis Castlep. 110
San Lorenzop. 112
Objectsp. 115
Pencil holderp. 116
Floppy disk holderp. 120
Telephone bookp. 122
Lampp. 124
Advent calendarp. 126
Place marksp. 132
Little angelsp. 134
Stage theatersp. 136
Masksp. 142
Drawingsp. 145
Threefold-wavesp. 146
Flocks of birdsp. 147
Heart - little flower - lotus flowerp. 148
Christmas cards and Christmas landscapep. 149
Fir treesp. 150
Bear cub - childrenp. 151
Little carsp. 152
Dolphins - sailing boatsp. 153
Sunset on the seap. 154
New York skyscrapers - Tower Bridgep. 155
Fenis Castle - San Lorenzop. 156
Little Angels - place marksp. 157
Floppy disk holder - telephone bookp. 158
Lampp. 159
Masksp. 160