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Ornamental Origami
Exploring 3D Geometric Designs

ISBN 9781568814452
Published November 21, 2008 by A K Peters/CRC Press
155 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a great resource for people who enjoy polyhedra, symmetry, geometry, mathematics and origami. The types of models presented are similar in nature to the models in Mukerji's Marvelous Modular Origami, but some of the chapters are more advanced and all of the designs are new. The reader can learn about polyhedra while making these models and is left with the ability to design one's own models.

Step-by-step folding instructions for over 40 models are presented. Although the book is for intermediate folders, beginners are encouraged to try because origami basics are explained. The diagrams are easy to follow and each model is accompanied by breathtaking finished model photographs.

Table of Contents




Marco Abate (metafiction)

Évariste and Hélöise

Colin Adams (humor essay)

Robbins v. New York

Madhur Anand (poem)

Dissecting Daisy

Sandy Bonny (short story)


Wendy Brandts (prose poem)


S. Isabel Burgess (poems and prose poems)

Active Pass

Magic Stretch Glove

Tyndall Field


There’s something I need to say to you...

Robin Chapman (poems)

Praying to the God of Leavetakings

Brave New Biosphere

The All of It

Chandler Davis (poems)


Our Study


Cold Comfort

Florin Diacu (nonfiction)

The Birth of Celestial Mechanics

Adam Dickinson (poems)

The Ghosts of Departed Quantities


Contributions to Geometry

Great Chain of Being

Susan Elmslie (poems)



Claire Ferguson (essays)

Eine Kleine Rock Musik III

Wild Singular Torus

Igusa Conjecture

Emily Grosholz (poems)


Trying to Describe the Reals in Cambridge

Lauren Gunderson (short story)

The Ascending Life

Philip Holmes (poem sequence)

The Lines Remake the Places

Alex Kasman (short story)

On the Quantum Theoretic Implications of Newton’s Alchemy

Ellen Maddow (drama)

Delicious Rivers

Marjorie Wikler Senechal (nonfiction)

The Last Second Wrangler

Manil Suri (short story)

The Tolman Trick

Randall Wedin (nonfiction)

Breaking Down the Barriers

Paul Zimet (drama)

Star Messengers

Biographical Notes


































Introduction. Acknowledgments. Thanks. Marco Abate (metafiction). Colin Adams (humor essay). Madhur Anand (poem). Sandy Bonny (short story). Wendy Brandts (prose poem). S. Isabel Burgess (poems and prose poems). Robin Chapman (poems). Chandler Davis (poems). Florin Diacu (nonfiction). Adam Dickinson (poems). Susan Elmslie (poems). Claire Ferguson (essays). Emily Grosholz (poems). Lauren Gunderson (short story). Philip Holmes (poem sequence). Alex Kasman (short story). Ellen Maddow (drama). Marjorie Wikler Senechal (nonfiction). Manil Suri (short story). Randall Wedin (nonfiction). Paul Zimet (drama). Biographical Notes.

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Ornamental Origami is Meenakshi Mukerji’s second book on modular origami. Those of you who are familiar with her first book will find that this second installment to be just as well organized with a slew of new origami models.
Origami Resource Center, 2011

Opening Ornamental Origami by Meenakshi Mukerji gives me a pleasurable feeling. The glossy paper pages with their colorful photographs that alternate with step-by-step how-to directions entice me to pick up paper squares right away and start folding. In this second book by Mukerji there are 40 more clever, geometric, modular origami models for paperfolding enthusiasts.
—Florence Temko, February 2009

This is another excellent book by one of the rigami community’s highly-creative authors . . . and, just as with her first book, anyone looking to start out in decorative modular folding will also find this book a great resource.
—Anne LaVin's Origami Blog, February 2009

Ornamental Origami is a wonderful book for both math and origami lovers alike. . . . the author provides wonderful, clear descriptions and beautiful photographs. Another interesting aspect of the book is the afterward: a small collection of mathematical exercises related to folding paper. The problems were thought-provoking and again bridged the gap between math and origami.
MAA Reviews, March 2009

Using color extensively in both diagrams and photographs, [Mukerji] walks readers through the elaborate constructions and illustrates the final pieces.
Book News, May 2009

Meenakshi Mukerji’s book is essentially a study of polyhedra but in a way that brings out the symmetry in subtle ways. . . . It builds up very complicated results from simple modules so that even a beginner in origami can follow and learn about polyhedral symmetry by assembling them. It should definitely find a place in school teaching or mathematics clubs.
—John Sharp, The London Mathematical Society Newsletter, May 2009

This book is an excellent contribution to the growing interest in and publications on origami, the art of paper folding. The author uses a special (construction) method called modular origami. That means she folds identical modules, called units which are assembled (on 'tabs' and 'pockets') to the final model. This method is also the content of the author's first book Marvelous Modular Origami which should be regarded as the basis of this new book. The author points out the underlying mathematics behind her origami. ... In marvelous coloured pictures, more than 40 modular origami models are shown with explicit instructions for the construction. ... The reader is invited to follow the passion of paper folding inspired by the beautiful examples in this book.
—Gertraud Ehrig, Zentralblatt MATH, September 2009

children can learn origami techniques to create beautiful and varied geometric shapes.
Science News, November 2009

This book, for both beginners and experts, provides guidance in creating modular origami from the basic to the intricate, including planar origami models. The target audience includes artists, mathematicians, and students over twelve. ... The book's strengths include (1) explaining the symbols and terminology and (2) applying mathematics to the planar models. The diagrams in the book help users follow along. ... I recommend this book for math teachers who want to collaborate with art teachers.
—Colleen Eddy, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, January 2010