Modular Origami Kaleidoscope (Ekaterina Lukasheva) – Book Review

Modular Origami Kaleidoscope (Ekaterina Lukasheva) – Book Review


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’m going to be reviewing Ekaterina
Lukasheva’s latest book called Modular Origami Kaleidoscope. Before I get started, I figured I would give
you some background on the author. So for those of you who don’t know, Ekaterina
is a very talented and well-respected origami artist who specializes in modular origami
kusudamas. She has hundreds of original modular designs,
and she has also recently gotten into single-sheet origami. So if you’re also interested in tessellations,
corrugations, and spirals, her recent work is really impressive and definitely worth
checking out. I’ve always been fascinated by Ekaterina’s
work, so I was really happy to try out some of her new designs after she was generous
enough to send me a copy of this book to review with you. And this is actually her third book on modular
origami. Before this came Kusudama Origami in 2014
and Modern Kusudama Origami in 2015, which I also just reviewed on my YouTube channel
as well. And you can find a link to that review in
the description below. Similar to her other books, Modular Origami
Kaleidoscope starts off with a brief introduction and an explanation of some basic origami folds,
which I think is a great reference for beginners who are just learning to read from diagrams. After that, you’ll find instructions on how
to cut squares into various sized rectangles. I found this section to be extremely useful
since not all of the models in the book are folded from squares. And for those of you who are just getting
started with modular origami, there’s an entire section to help you understand how to assemble
these types of designs. The diagrams will help you understand the
underlying geometry behind the designs, which makes it much easier to visualize the final
shape and to put all of the units together. The book features full-color diagrams for
over 33 of Ekaterina’s beautiful modular designs. The book starts off with some simple stars
and flowers, which are each folded from about 5 or 6 units, before getting into the more
intricate kusudamas which are folded from about 30 units. You will also find paper recommendations to
go along with each design, which is pretty useful when deciding what paper to use before
folding each model. So here are some of my personal favorites
from the book. This one is the very simple Delicate Flower
which is folded from 5 units. Then we have the Masquerade which is a 30-unit
kusudama. And then we have the Tigra, which is my personal
favorite. And it’s a 30-unit kusudama that has some
really amazing color changes. Overall, I am really happy with this book,
and I think it’s perfect for low intermediate to advanced folders who are looking to try
out some really interesting modular designs. All of the units have pretty neat folding
sequences which keeps it interesting when assembling them into 30-unit kusudamas. The book itself is very well designed, and
it’s laid out with a nice mix of simple and advanced projects. Some of the designs also have several variations,
so you’ll always have something new and interesting to fold. So if you’re interested in picking up a copy
of Modular Origami Kaleidoscope, you can easily find it on Amazon and Origami-Shop.com. And those links can be found in the video
description as well. I also have permission to teach one of Ekaterina’s
designs in one of my future videos, so definitely check back soon for a new tutorial. Also be sure to visit Ekaterina’s website
over at www.kusudama.me for diagrams, videos, and hundreds of photos of her original designs. This was only my second origami book review,
so please let me know what you thought of it. I’d really appreciate your feedback, so definitely
let me know if you’d like to see more videos like this or if you have a specific book in
mind for a future book review. And if you end up buying a copy of Modular
Origami Kaleidoscope, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Again, I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank
you for watching!

18 thoughts on “Modular Origami Kaleidoscope (Ekaterina Lukasheva) – Book Review

  1. Excellent review Evan, I have this and Ekaterina's first book and love them both. I've also folded Masquerade and Tigra too, I did the Icosahedron version though. They're lovely models πŸ™‚

  2. Hello my friend!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• LIKEπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•Excellent video, thank you for this job!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Have a nice weekend!

  3. Nice reviews! I usually prefer to watch and follow along with YouTube tutorials as that's how I learn best, and I've never bought an origami book for myself before… but I'll definitely look for it on Amazon. I think I'd find modular/kusudama pieces easy to follow on paper than one-sheet models.

  4. Good review! I have an unrelated suggestion: you should update your website. I get that you're probably busy, but it wouldn't take more than a few minutes each week to keep the site up to date. There's no point in even having a website if the resources on it are constantly outdated. You haven't listed this video or the other book review on your site, and you haven't posted a blog post in several months. Since your upload schedule is kind of sporadic, you should at least keep your website up-to-date so we can have some idea what's going on during the videoless gaps.

  5. there's two models I want too Tiger being the most wanted!!i follow her and she's mastered Tessellation better than most experts in the game..Although she rarely shares the instructions….

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