Books

Origami Journey: Into the fascinated World of Geometric Origami by Dáša Ševerová. Createspace, 2018
Shaping Paper: Breathing Life into Origami by David Gachepapier and Dáša Ševerová. KDP, 2018
Origami Modulars for Everyone by Ilan Garibi. KDP, 2020
PCOC Origami Collection 2021. KDP, 2021
Curved Origami by Ekaterina Lukasheva. KDP, 2021

Everything started when I decided to publish my book in 2017…

Origami Journey

“Origami Journey: Into the Fascinating World of Geometric Origami” is my first origami book featuring more than 30 of my original origami models. There are boxes, flowers, stars, models made from a single sheet but also modular models made from multiple sheets. Some models are suitable for beginners, some requires more experienced folder. I believe everybody who loves geometry and folding paper can find something for them to enjoy. Working on this book was a challenge on many different levels. I had to prepare (but I also wanted to) everything myself and to figure out how to make the diagrams drawn in Inkscape work with InDesign. Working on origami book is a complicated matter. You have to choose models, clarify the folding sequence (preferably before you start drawing), draw diagrams, let them testfold by some eager folder, fold the models from nice paper, make good photos, write suitable text, prepare layout, put everything in it and find somebody to proofread it. And certainly, you have to name your book and create a cover, preferably with some nice blurb on it. I used Inkscape, I edited photos in paint.NET, put everything together in InDesign and published it through Amazon print on demand service. When I published my book, it was called Createspace, soon after it came under their existing platform for creating ebooks called KDP. Ilan Garibi was supporting me when I was working on my first book, regular calls to check the progress where enough to keep the pace and certainly helped me to publish the book in one year. Book is available on all Amazon’s online stores that sell print-on-demand books. Search for “Origami Journey”

Shaping Paper

Soon after I published “Origami Journey”, I was asked to draw diagrams for a new book by David Gachepaper. After one year of intense work the book “Shaping Paper” was published through KDP platform (Print on Demand service provided by Amazon) in November 2019. The work on this book was challenging as David’s models are very different from mine, they are quite opposite to what one would call geometric. As the title of the book expresses, it’s more about shaping paper than about making sharp creases which are the main “tool” of traditional origami.

If you are interested in learning more about less traditional techniques of working with paper close related to folding, this might be a book for you. David also explains how he treat the paper before and after folding to obtain more artistic results. And there is a big gallery of his models in last chapter of the book. 

Origami Modulars for Everybody

When Ilan Garibi asked me in 2019 if I would draw diagrams for his modular book I gladly agreed. What is interesting about Ilan’s models is that they are quite different from many other modular designs. Some of them use unusual ideas that I really like. This was the first book where I diagrammed 3D modular models (different cubes and polyhedra). We tried to find the best way how to show the assembly in a simple way, which wasn’t always easy.  Folding so many models created but the same person is like an invitation to explore their brain. It always leads to new variations and even new models as part of a discovery journey. And that’s also the part that I enjoy the most when working with somebody else showing their work.  Ilan Garibi posted on his YouTube channel a really cool promotional video showing all the models which are diagrammed in the book. It’s worth seeing with sounds on!
Tamar Unit by Ilan Garibi
OctaXYZ by Ilan Garibi, diagrammed by Dasa Severova

PCOC Origami Collection 2021

A Diagram Collection that I prepared for Pacific Coast Origami Conference. It’s a collection of more than 50 models by different origami designers. I helped with preparation of all diagrams, made layout for the book, designed its cover and put everything together. 

Back Cover PCOC diagram collection 2021
Front Cover PCOC diagram collection 2021

Curved Origami

I met Ekaterina Lukasheva during Italian origami convention several years ago. She is a well known origami designer creating various geometrical models. She was first known for her kusudama models (3D ornamental modular spheres), she published handful of books about modular origami and have a webpage dedicated to her models. She became even more famous when she started playing with curved origami. Her Instagram account is full of such mesmerizing models. When she was searching for somebody to help with the diagrams for her new book about curved origami, we got in touch thanks to Melissa Mo (with whom we worked together on PCOC collection :).

The work on this book was interesting and challenging as we had to find the ways to visually differentiate between different tools/actions in instructions – drawing with pencil, scoring with scoring tool, traditional folding and cutting. It also helps when you see all the interest people pour into the subject. We made a book in around half year from the beginning till publishing it in November 2021.  

Curved Origami cover