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!

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.

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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