Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Origami Architecture Kit Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners - dtran36 and Jane S!

Many of you who read this blog are great fans of origami. Perhaps then, you're familiar with master paper crafter Sheung Yee Shing (better known as Yee) and his 2011 book Origami Architecture: Papercraft Models of the World's Most Famous Buildings that contains instructions and templates for creating sixteen paper models of iconic structures.

Origami-Architecture-Kit

Earlier this month Tuttle Publishing released Yee's Origami Architecture Kit that makes creating his structures even easier. Card stock punch outs are provided for the three beautiful models you see here... the Eiffel Tower, White House, and Sydney Opera House.

Eiffel-Tower-Paper-Model

Each would make a wonderful conversation piece to place on your office desk or coffee table. Yee even designed the models to fold flat if you'd like to store or easily send your handiwork through the mail.

origami-architecture-kit-booklet

Having the 20 sheets of templates already prepared means getting to the fun construction part that much faster. Only a few supplies are required... glue, burnishing tool, craft knife, cutting mat, and toothpicks.

Sydney-Opera-House-Paper-Model

Oh, and don't let the term origami scare you off... there is little actual folding (or cutting) required, except along pre-scored lines. Valley fold and mountain folds... yes, you'll need to understand those simple concepts, but they are clearly explained in the accompanying booklet. Yee also provides general paper crafting tips, as well as step-by-step photographs that show precisely how to build the models... follow the pictures and text instructions and you can't go wrong.

origami-architecture-kit-sample-page

I think teens and adults alike will enjoy this kit. You'll feel like an architect as you experience a structure taking shape beneath your fingertips! Keep in mind the finished models are relatively small... for example, the completed White House measures 9.37 inches (23.8 cm) x 9.09 (23.1) x 5.36 (13.6).

White-House-Paper-Model

Tuttle Publishing sent an Origami Architecture Kit to me for review purposes and will send a kit to two U.S. residents. Leave a comment below as your entry. Be sure to include an email address or another way to be contacted within your comment. The giveaway will end on Sunday, November 3, 2013. I will announce the randomly selected winners on this post after they have been contacted.

P.S. FaveCrafts is hosting an All Things Paper book giveaway through November 8 - nice!


45 comments:

LindaSonia said...

Book looks awesome...!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks neat. My email address is californiagirl570@gmail.com

Thank you!

Megan

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

How cool! Pick me!

LostnThought said...

Wow it looks like it would be complicated! But oh so gorgeous!

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Tuyền Phạm said...

So Good (y)
Thanks
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Anonymous said...

This looks like an excellent gift to give an architecture student for the Christmas season!

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Anonymous said...

Awesome! I'd love to try these out. michelleowens90@gmail.com

Unknown said...

This is fantastic. All the hard work of cutting out is done.
Making it more fun~

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Thank you!

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Cindy said...

This would make an awesome gift do my son-in-law. He loves puzzles and architecture.

ß² said...

Thank you for the review, this would be a wonderful gift. I would be tempted to add a bit of color to the construction. 123beulahbee at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Amazing paper architecture!
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Anonymous said...

joyousstamper@yahoo.com would love to own this

Anonymous said...

Challenging, but beautiful.
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Anonymous said...

These look beautiful!

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lucia said...

Amazing paper architecture!
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Becky said...

Such beautiful paper art!
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Siro Shaun said...

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Lam Nguyễn said...

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Leah Sosewitz said...

Looks like some family fun over T'giving - w
e're up to the challenge!

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loreal said...

Oh this is great! Will have to get a copy for my husband because he is an Architect and loves origami!

Anonymous said...

nice art
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Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic. Would love to have a go at it. Diane kuby1@hotmail.com

dragonswing said...

It really looks like a cool book.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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Deborah said...

Wow these are amazing structures the book is beautiful

Jane S. said...

Wow!! What a great book! I love origami architecture. Being able to make amazing buildings out of paper just plain makes me happy. :)

Jean Bullock said...

Yee is a master craftsman. I love his work. I would love to win a copy of his book. giveawayjean AT gmail dot com.

Jan Castle said...

I love iris folding, but origami seems difficult to me....what a delight it would be to win this kit and be able to construct these wonderful buildings!!!! WOW!
Thanks for the chance to win,
Jan Castle
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jusaweecatnap said...

Gorgeous pieces--they look like grand fun to make. I like the idea of small sizes because I don't have much room to display things like this.

Cynthia said...

Wow! How cool! Would love to win.

Holly said...

This looks like so much fun!

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Anonymous said...

rridgw@hotmail.com would love this as a gift for my son!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your paper blog! Yee is an exceptional Paper Architect & his books always make a great addition/gift for OA enthusiasts.

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Anonymous said...

would love to try this, thanks! chlorophyll651@yahoo.com

Allison Patrick said...

Looks amazing!! Thanks Ann for hosting another awesome giveaway! I may have to buy the kit anyway if I don't win... :-) Allie (the3Rsblog@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

wow! looks like a lot of fun .
thanks for offering !
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Anonymous said...

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Ann Martin said...

The giveaway has ended - thanks to all who entered!

Julia @ FaveCrafts said...

Hi there,

This is Julia from FaveCrafts - just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for linking t our giveaway! So glad you could spread the word about this exciting promotion. Have a wonderful day!

Ann Martin said...

My pleasure, Julia! Thanks very much to FaveCrafts for writing such a positive review of the book and for offering the giveaway.

lashiha said...

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aida linares said...

Wonderful!
It would be very valuable for my career to have a copy of this issue.
My email juan.g.linares@hotmail.com
thank you!

nicholas andrzejkiewicz said...

This IS NOT origami.

Ann Martin said...

Hi Nicholas, you're correct, it is not origami in the traditional sense of the word. However, it is origami architecture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origamic_architecture

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