It introduces 25 foremost origami artists, including: Joel Cooper, Erik and Martin Demaine, Giang Dinh, Vincent Floderer, Tomoko Fuse, Miri Golan, Paul Jackson, Beth Johnson, Eric Joisel, Goran Konjevod, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander, Robert Lang, Sipho Mabona, Mademoiselle Maurice, Linda Tomoko Mihara, Jun Mitani, Jeannine Mosely, Yuko Nishimura, Bernie Payton, Hoang Tien Quyet, Matt Shlian, Richard Sweeney and Jiangmei Wu.
It is not only a beautiful hardcover, full-colored coffee table book to flip through and admire each and every magnificent artwork. The book is also incredibly informative. I enjoyed reading about each artist's unique background, inspiration, approach and process for his/her origami work.
It is not all complexity that makes each origami art significant. I love that there is a very wide range of expressions covered in this book. LaFosse and Alexander, for example pursue realism in their models, given LaFosse's natural history background. Beth Johnson on the other hand has her unique figural style that is inspired more by geometric patterning than by the physical characteristics of the creature itself.
Some featured artists, such as Miri Golan, Sipho Mabona and Mademoiselle Maurice use origami as a way of expressing their concerns about social and political issues. I really appreciated these artworks, but perhaps I shouldn't give away too much of what's in this book;)
Any origami lovers would be captivated by this book, but even people without any interest in origami for sure would get impressed by the magnificent works in it. I look forward to using this book to show off, tell stories and promote origami to anyone who isn't familiar with the art form.