Andrew Dewar was born in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated
from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (B.A. Journalism) and University
of Toronto (M.A. Japanese Studies, Library and Information Science)
before moving to Japan in 1988. After completing his doctoral
studies in library science at Keio University, he joined the
faculty of a junior college in Japan. Soon after arriving in Japan
he rediscovered his childhood love of designing and flying paper
airplanes. His passion for paper airplanes led him to become
president of the Fukushima Paper Airplane Club. Dewar has published
over 30 paper crafting books and kits. He also teaches paper
airplane workshops and does seminars at schools, libraries,
community centers and museums. He lived and taught library science
in Fukushima, Japan, until the giant earthquake and nuclear
accident in March 2011, when the city became unsafe. After a brief
stay in Canada, he's returned with his family to Gifu, Japan.
Kostya Vints was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. In 1995 he received his Master degree in Product Design at Belorussian Polytechnic Academy (Minsk, Belarus). After moving to Los Angeles in 1997, he continued to pursue his career as a graphic artist and in 2002 Kostya graduated from Westwood College of Technology with an Associate degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. He has been creating digital art for over 13 years. Kostya has produced illustrations and conceptual art for a diverse array of companies and publications worldwide.
"Each paper toys kit comes with materials and instructions to make
21 different toys-that really move! The projects are easy enough to
finish quickly so that kids can start playing with them!"
"This is definitely a neat book! It goes beyond traditional origami/kirigami (the Japanese art of paper folding/...and with cutting too), including moving parts and a little bit of physics. The instructions are described very well and laid out in an easy to understand manner...a great holiday gift for the crafty folks in your life!" -ThisKidReviewsBooks.com
"These projects are unique and are absolutely perfect for packing up in a day-pack or carry-on for fun on-the-go or while at the cabin or passing time in a hotel room." -CastleViewAcademy.com
"The kit comes with the instruction book with easy to follow instructions with illustrations and the punch out pages as well as the origami paper needed for the origami projects. This is a fun kit. It has a variety of projects." -Crafty Moms Share
"The Japanese Paper Toys Kit is a bit special! It's a unique craft kit that brings together origami and the fun of movable toys. It shows you how to make impressive creations that can move. It's lots of fun and thanks to the punch out designs, it's easy too. It's a modern take on origami and kids love the fact that you get quite sturdy models to play with when you're done folding." -A Mum Reviews blog