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!

Fabriano Ingres Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
90 B1, B2, A4 5 (previously 21) Rough Years
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
8 to 9 / 10 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 to 8 / 10 8 to 9 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
7 / 10 8.5 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10 7 / 10 8 / 10 8 / 10
Final score: 7.5 out of 10
Paper type: 

Ask non-origami people about paper mills, and someone will mention Fabriano.

Based in Italy, this mill is part of the Fedrigoni S.p.A. Group, the second largest special paper group in Europe. Their products vary from office paper, banknotes, drawing and fine arts paper, to handmade papers.

I found some interesting facts about paper on their website. The Arabs increased and spread the knowledge of papermaking throughout the west. And in the second half of the 13th century it reached Fabriano, a little town of the Marche inland. There they added three innovations which led to the rise of Fabriano as the cradle of modern papermaking: watermarking, the invention of the hammer mill (replacing the stone mortar and the manual wooden beater) and the use of animal gelatine for surface sizing, allowing for better writing.

They make a huge range of different papers. Here's what they say about Ingres:

"The particular grain of the surface and the highly light-fast colors are the principal characteristics of this laid paper. It is acid free and particularly recommended for deluxe editions, advertising (company presentations, posters, calendars, brochures, leaflets and catalogues), fancy paperwork and book binding applications, drawing (pastel, charcoal) and collage."

For some more information on Ingres see the Wikipedia article on it.

So, can we consider origami as "Fancy paperwork"?

Two new articles for The Fold

It is my pleasure to anounce two new articles which I authored for Origami USA's The Fold.

After having completed the next set of tessellation technique videos, I felt it'd be good to give a summary of the videos I've done on tessellation so far, in particular with respect to helping people get started. Thus came about Tessellations and How to Get Started.

And you might have already seen my video where I rave about the book "Spiral: Origami | Art | Design" by Tomoko Fuse. I've now also written a review on this fantastic book, including more details on the contents: Review: "Spiral: Origami | Art | Design" by Tomoko Fuse

-- Sara

Paper Review Special: A Third Opinion

by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne and Eyal Reuveni

It took some time, but we knew - we must do something special for our 10th paper review!

Our reviews are all about getting to know different paper types and with hands-on experience reviewing their strengths and best areas for use. But we - Ilan and Gadi - are only two folders, so our reviews summarize only our point of view. And we know there are better folders than us out there. So we decided to approach a great folder, one of the best, and ask for his opinion on each of the papers we reviewed so far.

Nicolas Terry Tissue Foil Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
50 15cm, 20cm, 30cm, 40cm, 60cm 8 colors Glittery; handmade look Unknown
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
n/a 8 / 10 8 / 10 9 / 10 8 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
9 / 10 8.5 / 10 8.5 / 10 9.5 / 10 8 / 10 9 / 10 9.5 / 10
Final score: 9.5 out of 10

Tissue Foil is a rare product. The combination of the stiffness and strong memory of the foil, with the look and agility of the tissue paper makes a promising paper to answer many of our paper-folding needs. For year now the only solution to obtaining tissue foil was to make your own and many still do.

To make some, you have to bond foil (sold as a kitchen product) with whatever Tissue paper you have. Truth be told, it's a lot of hassle, and it's difficult to obtain a perfect result. That is why we were happy to see what may be the perfect solution - Ready Made Tissue Foil.

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