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Origami Inspirations

1st Edition

By Meenakshi Mukerji

A K Peters/CRC Press

136 pages

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This handsome book is aimed towards those with an intermediate skill level, but the origami basics included at the start of the book make it accessible to beginners. A number of beautiful models are offered, ranging from cubes to prisms to dodecahedra. As with the author’s two previous books, Origami Inspirations provides step-by-step instructions and color distribution suggestions to create the more than 30 intricate designs presented. The book also includes a chapter featuring designs by origami artists from around the world, and these projects provide a happy complement to the author’s own exciting inspirations in the rest of the book.


I found this book on modular origami enticing. The full-color photos on the cover and throughout the book are captivating and make the book live up to its title. … I highly recommend this book.

—Carla Moldavan, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, April 2012

A piece of paper has so much potential. Origami Inspirations is a guide filled with origami projects to be taken on by those of varying skill levels with origami. Presented in full color, Meenakshi Mukerji proceeds to break down the projects into step by step instructions, an introductory of many basic techniques, and organizes the projects based on the predominant technique in each. For anyone looking to get into origami or those who have some knowledge but seeking more ideas, Origami Inspirations may be what they are looking for.

Library Bookwatch, June 2011

Mukerji presents yet another colorfully illustrated book, showing in clear diagrams how to make complex three-dimensional figures by folding paper. They include simple cubes, four-sink base models, and folding with pentagons. A miscellaneous section includes windmill base cubes, whipped cream, a star with spirals, and waves. Another section features models by guests, among them many different kinds of flowers and dodecahedron.

SciTech Book News, February 2011

If you are familiar with Meenakshi Mukerji’s previous origami publications, then Origami Inspirations will not disappoint. … this is a great origami book for those who are dedicated to modular origami. … it is well suited for intermediate folders who are stout of character and have a strong sense of determination.

—Origami Resource Center

A whole book full of amazingly attractive new modular pieces. This book is highly recommended to all modular folders and those wanting to dabble in this pastime. Readers who purchased previous volumes in this series [Marvelous Modular Origami and Ornamental Origami] should, no doubt, unhesitatingly order this volume because of the high standard of diagramming and model novelty applied throughout the series.

—David Petty, British Origami Society, May 2010

The comprehensive nature of this book makes it a wonderful selection for both beginners and experts alike. I was particularly taken with the many models that can be made with just six units-the 'butterfly' cube being an outstanding example of a most pleasing form.

—Rachel Katz, OrigamiwithRachelKatz.com, May 2010

Table of Contents


Origami Tips, Tools and Paper

Origami Symbols and Bases

Platonic, Archimedean, and Kepler-Poinsot Solids

Even Color Distribution

Simple Cubes

Folding a Square into Thirds

Plain Cube

Plain Cube

Ray Cube

Thatch Cube

Whirl Cube

Pattern Variations

Four-Sink Base Models

Four-Sink Base

Butterfly Cube

Flower Cube

Flower Cube 2

Flower Cube 3

Flower Cube 4

Folding with Pentagons

Making a Pentagon and Its Mathematics

Traditional and Five-Point Lilies

Flower Dodecahedron

Flower Dodecahedron 2

Flower Dodecahedron 3

Flower Dodecahedron 4

Flower Dodecahedron 5



Windmill Base Cube

Windmill Base Cube 2

Whipped Cream Star

Star with Spirals

Whipped Cream Polyhedra

A Collection of Models by Guests

Truncated Rhombic Triacontahedron

Four Interlocked Triangular Prisms

Chrysanthemum Leroy

Chrysanthemum Leroy Variation

Carnation Leroy



Lily of the Nile


Adaptable Dodecahedron


Bibliography and Suggested Reading

About the Author

Meenakshi Mukerji (Adhikari) was introduced to origami in her early childhood by her uncle Bireshwar Mukhopadhyay. She rediscovered origami in its modular form as an adult, quite by chance in 1995, when she was living in Pittsburgh, PA. A friend took her to a class taught by Doug Philips, and ever since she has been folding modular origami and displaying it on her very popular website www.origamee.net. She has many designs to her own credit. In 2005, Origami USA presented her with the Florence Temko award for her exceptional contribution to origami.

Meenakshi was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She obtained her BS in electrical engineering at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and then came to the United States to pursue a Masters in Computer Science at Portland State University in Oregon. She worked in the software industry for more than a decade but is now at home in California with her husband and two sons to enrich their lives and to create her own origami designs. Some people who have provided her with much origami inspiration and encouragement are Rosalinda Sanchez, David Petty, Francis Ow, Rona Gurkewitz, Ravi Apte, Rachel Katz, and many more.

Meenakshi Mukerji was awarded the 2005 Florence Temko Award by OrigamiUSA for her contributions to origami. She is the author of Marvelous Modular Origami and Ornamental Origami: Exploring 3D Geometric Designs, and she maintains the popular modular origami website, www.origamee.net.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Geometry / General
MATHEMATICS / Recreations & Games