My name's Sara Adams, and I discovered origami for myself during Christmas 2005. I've been hooked ever since. The intention of this site is to get you hooked, too. You've been warned! — Now go enjoy some instructional videos, pictures in the gallery, and all the rest of it. And most importantly, happy folding!

Elephant Hide Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
110gsm, 190gsm A4; 70cm by 100cm 7 colors smooth many years
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
n/a 10 / 10 7 / 10 10 / 10 10 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
8.5 / 10 9 / 10 10 / 10 8 / 10 8.5 / 10 9.5 / 10 9.5 / 10
Final score: 9.5 out of 10
Paper type: 

Made in Germany, by Zanders (http://www.zanders.com/), it may be crowned as King of Paper. I tried to get some information on the process and ingredients of this paper, but this is privileged information and won't be shared by the manufacturer. Its Data Sheet says "Elephant hide is a rugged bookbinding paper with a parchment grain which can be used as a book covering paper or for making certificates. It is impregnated and therefore scratch and abrasion resistant, dirt repellent, can be wiped clean (wet-strength paper), has limited expansion and shrinkage and is not sensitive to acid. In addition, it is tear resistant and wrinkle and fold resistant as well as color-fast and lightfast." Can we ask for more? It got the FSC certificate, so you are helping to save forests by buying it. More than that, each sheet is unique, no two sheets are alike.

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The Fold and A Comprehensive Guide on Making Video Diagrams

You may have seen the time lapse I posted of my video creation process. In that video I mentioned that I'd be publishing a more detailled guide on how you, too, can make high quality origami tutorials.
So what's that all about?

Quentin Trollip's book: Origami Sequence

Origami Sequence by Quentin TrollipThis is some exciting bit of news! The book I've probably awaited longest is available since yesterday. And of course I immediately ordered it. And maybe you'll fall in love with Quentin Trollip's designs as much as I have.

So, in about 2 week's time I'll be able to hold Origami Sequence by Quentin Trollip in my hands and fall into a folding frenzy. :)

You can buy the book in Nicolas Terry's origami-shop.com. I fear the book will not be available anywhere else. But while you're at it, the shop does offer lots of superb paper, other fantastic books, and some other bits and pieces.

And what else did I order, you ask?

New diagrams: Eifel Star, Crane, Flapping Bird

I don't diagram stuff very often, but once in a while I do find the time and ambition. No, sorry, I didn't say design - just diagram. In the diagrams section you'll find two new diagrams I created:
  • Eifel Star by Hans-Werner Guth Hans-Werner Guth's Eifel Star
    I'll let you in on a secret: I'll make a video on this soon, and probably in German.
  • Crane and Flapping BirdTraditional crane and flapping bird
    As these are very well-known models many beginners may attempt, I decided to indicate clearly where there are several layers of paper and such.