You will know that I am a strong supporter of asking for permission when presenting other's work. In particular, I always get permission from the designer (or the copyright holder e.g. when the designer has deceased) before I make available an instructional video. I also wrote an article for TheFold, which gives some insight into how I go about asking for permission - and how you can do so, too, if you are planning similar projects: http://www.origami-u...
But you know what's even neater? Every now and then I now get contacted with the request to make a video. Well - that's not unusual if you are simply a viewer keen to see a specific model presented. But it is an absolute honor if it is the designer asking me to present one of his or her designs.
The other day Peter Engel contacted me with a preview of his upcoming book, "Origami Odyssey" and a query whether I'd be interested in promoting the book by presenting one model. This is something I've done with other books - usually me contacting the designer, though.
It's really rewarding to see such a request coming in, partly because it shows that my work is appreciated by designers - but also because it shows my idea of promoting books by presenting a model from it is seen as useful and worthwhile.
Of course, there are also other nifty things designers can do to promote their new publications. For example, Peter Engel posted a nice and funny video to announce his new book.
What an excellent idea! And while I've had the privilege of getting to see a preview of the book - and fold some models already - I'm also looking forward to the videos that will accompany the book. In particular, Peter Engel will be presenting some of the models diagrammed in his book with additional video instructions. Exciting! And fear not, I'm of course going to pick a different model to present in the upcoming instructional video, perhaps the Begonia Leaf?
And for those of you as excited as me about this upcoming book, you can preorder it here: