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Monday, May 06, 2013

Paper Pups, 35 Dogs To Copy, Cut & Fold: Review And Giveaway!

Professor Hiroshi Hayakawa and yours truly showing off our his new book!

Well, if you recall, I did serve as one of the models for his first book Kirigami Menagerie, but enough about me! We're here to tell you about our friend Hiroshi's second book, Paper Pups, 35 Dogs To Copy, Cut & Fold , and thanks to Hiroshi's generosity, we're giving away THREE autographed copies of this fabulous book. Please see the details at the end of this post to enter... you could be one of the three lucky winners!

Paper Pups is an amazingly detailed "how to" book, that patiently gives step-by-step instructions to make 35 different breeds of dogs by copying, cutting and folding the patterns provided - on whatever colorful cardstock paper you'd like. And the book also includes patterns for doggy accessories, like a fashionable jacket for your Poodle, a sweater for your chilly Chihuahua, fancy dog collars, a traditional dog house, and of course, a fire hydrant! There are also templates for additional dog breeds and accessories available online courtesy of the publisher, Lark Crafts.

What's especially neat is that there are different patterns for various skill levels - for example, Parental Unit (who has zero crafting skills) might try the easy Jack Russell Terrier first, before she moves on to, say, a Cocker Spaniel, whose pattern is considered an intermediate level. And there are even advanced patterns aplenty for you weirdly talented folks out there.

Although Hiroshi is a distinguished photography professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Parental Unit and I became friends with both Hiroshi and his wife, Nanette, when she taught writing at CCAD), he's had a life-long love of both Origami (paper folding) and Kirigami (paper cutting), both Japanese art forms that this book combines to create these beautiful, expressive dogs. In fact, Hiroshi, thanks his parents in the book's acknowledgement section for "not saying 'no' to me every time I asked them to buy me another origami book when I was small." Hiroshi's design of each of these patterns along with his illustrations for the book, bring his love of these art forms and his love of dogs together in each beautiful pups' face. His creations do a marvelous job of capturing the nuances and expressions of the various breeds, bringing them to life for all of us to enjoy.

Hiroshi intends his book to nurture creativity in all age groups-the patterns can be used by nearly everyone to improve manual dexterity, help us to identify various breeds of dogs (the breed descriptions that accompany each pooch are charming), and to indirectly nurture a love and respect for animals, no matter their breed - there's a few "mutt" patterns, too! But above all, this book is Hiroshi's "humble way of expressing gratitude to our canine companions for being just who they are, for teaching us humans what it's like to love and be loved, and ultimately showing us how truly precious life is when shared with them."

A hearty thank-you to both Hiroshi and Nanette for their friendship, their love of both art and design and our fellow living creatures, and their generosity.


                      And now, on to our giveaway!

Three lucky winners will receive an autographed copy of Paper Pups, 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold Here are the requirements to enter: No anonymous comments, please!

1. "Like" our Facebook page: See top of right sidebar or click here: www.facebook.com/pages/Boccis-Beefs/190090017696328?ref=stream

2. You must give this giveaway a shout-out on your Twitter or Facebook page by using the buttons below this post-easy!

3. Comment on this post and indicate in your ONE comment that you'd like to enter this giveaway.

This contest will run from today, May 6, 2013 through Monday May 20, 2013, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:00 EST.
Note: if you choose to enter, please promptly check back to see if you won. If you're the lucky one, please send us your home address ASAP.

                                      Good Luck!


GizmoGeodog said...

This looks like so much fun...I'm an "all thumbs" kind of person but if the instructions are that food maybe even I can make something cute...The FB page is liked and I've tweeted and shared on FB Happy Mischief Monday!

Molly the Airedale said...

How cool are those paper pups! What a neat book to own!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Unknown said...

Very cool book!

Unknown said...

Those are just amazing. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

I liked your facebook page. And am giving a shout-out on twittter! I love origami, and these look incredible! Wish him lots of success!!!! :)

Olivia R said...

Bocci I would love to win one of these books. I already really like you on FB and I tweeted out a message on twitter. Here is the link


Thank you.

LETSDOIT said...

Please share more like that. origami dog

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