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!

Skytone: Paper Review

Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
90, 176 A4, 635mm by 965mm 12 Smooth, marble-like Unknown
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
6 / 10 8 / 10 9 / 10 7 / 10 8 to 9 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
8 / 10 8.5 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 8.5 / 10
Final score: 9 out of 10
Paper type: 

Looking for a new paper to review, I went through my catalog and was struck by one particular paper. It had a wonderful pastel shade, with a smooth, marbled, appearance; it looked just like a thin version of Elephant Hide. So with that comparison in mind, I had to try it out! I bought a few sheets (one of each color) and in our last origami meeting I presented it to the guys. Oh, what excitement! The next day I made another order of 50 (yes, fifty) sheets for the three of us. It is that good! It is called Skytone, made by Mohawk Papers in the USA.

Mohawk is a fourth-generation family-owned business, started by George O'Connor in 1931 and still owned by the O'Connor family. Since the environment is one of their concerns, they are the first producers in the USA that meet 100% of their electricity needs from wind turbines. They also act according to the FSC certification.

As with most papers, this one is not specifically for origami, but was made for certificates, diplomas, invitations, awards and the like. It is acid free, 30% of it is recycled, and it does look beautiful. So, sure, you can have your wedding invitation printed on it, but can you fold a couple of swans to decorate the tables?

Diagrams section revamped

If you're subscribed to my RSS feed you may have noticed a flurry of new posts. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I revamped the diagrams section of happyfolding. Do have a look and see whether you like it better.
The main reason for the new design is that Anita Barbour has generously allowed me to host her diagrams, now that her website is down. This means that soon a lot more diagrams will be hosted here, and so I had to think of a way to reorganize the diagrams to make them a bit more accessible even if there's more of them.

World Origami Days 2012

Happy World Origami Days 2012 (http://origamiusa.org/wod), a 2.5 week period to share the joy of origami.

To celebrate the occasion, I'll be hosting a hangout on air (live video feed), "Happyfolding on Air" if you like, on November 11th 2012 at 9pm CET. To find out what time that is in your part of the world, check http://goo.gl/5mr0t

Kami by Jong Ie Nara Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
60 7.5cm, 15cm, 30cm 200+ smooth, a bit shiny many years
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
8 to 9 / 10 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10 8 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
8.5 / 10 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10 9 / 10 7.5 / 10 7.5 / 10
Final score: 8 out of 10

Kami is simply the word for paper in Japanese, but in the last fifteen years or so it has come to mean 'ordinary' origami paper, the type that can be bought pre-cut in squares everywhere. Unsurprisingly it is the most popular paper for origami and needs little introduction. However there are many, many producers of the classic square, with color on one side and white on the other. For example, the OUSA carries the Toyo brand, distributed in the USA by Mountain Valley Paper company, and available on The Source. But since we cannot review them all we chose to review the paper by Jong Ie Nara (JIN), a South Korean company.