Elephant Hide is a range of paper much sought-after by artistic folders. Thankfully, it’s not made from elephants! Here is the crease pattern for a dish of mine (“Paulo’s dish”) made from the lovely orange variety sold by Color Tree and the resulting model. Can you work it out?
That’s the catchy name for a smart little device created by Inventrade International. I don’t think anyone else makes them. Small, safe and highly functional, they cut paper along a folded edge, of any length. I’ve used them for years and passed some round my origami class, who were delighted and promptly asked me to buy some for them. If you buy in real bulk direct, the price is really cheap, but even sold on by the BOS they are only £1.50 (plus P&P).
The knack in using them is to not make the crease to firmly, so the internal knife blade can slide between the layers to do it’s thang. As they get older, they do become less than %100 functional, but I would recommend them to anyone. See a previous post on the subject.
Anyway, they arrived today (just too late for this weeks class) so my students can have their very own BOS branded envelopener!
Cicada Nymph by Satoshi Kamiya, folded by Jon Tucker using O-Gami paper
I’ve had a message from the Director of Paper Circle in Ohio (a non-profit paper and book arts centre). Two years ago they were encouraged by the Columbus origami group Capital Area Paper Shapers to come up with paper for wet folding and super complex designs. So, they came up with “O-Gami” in the hope that they would help artists while creating a product that would bring an income to the centre.
Robert Lang has helped them to get them going (“This paper is thin, strong and beautiful and is easily up to the most demanding of super-complex designs.“) and their online shop is now open. O-Gami is handmade from abaca, and/or flax or hemp and it is “really super strong and crisp” and has been compared to paper from Origamido. The sheets are 22x 28 inches and come in three thicknesses: super-thin being 23gsm up to 200 gsm per 22×28 inch sheet
It sounds like it’s worth ordering a few sheets – decent paper is so hard to find!
I’m delighted by the variety of paper available on the web these days, all colours, shapes, sizes and textures you could possibly wish for, as well as plenty you wouldn’t wish for. One modern innovation seems to be paper made from, well, sh1t. It’s perhaps not a polite word, but serves the purpose!
A cursory search for elephant sh*t paper brings up nearly a quarter of a million results including poopoopaper.com, elephantdungpaper.com, but broaden your mind a little and you can fold from the droppings of bison, sheep, kangaroo, reindeer, wombat and desert rat. Actually, I haven’t found the latter, but it would be prohibitively expensive anyway. The amazing origami resource center has more info.
I’m not totally sure what origami benefits there are from using this type of paper, but it’s certainly novel and if you own large animals and can tell sh*t from shinola, a possible small fortune is waiting for you.
Tidying out a drawer recently, I came upon this cover sheet from a pack of “Sakoda” foil paper. James included a pack of it in with a signed copy of his “Modern Origami” that he generously sent to me many years ago. I never met him, but he was a fellow contributor to “FOLD” (an APA – amateur press alliance) I was part of in the 80s, alongside Lang, LaFosse, Lister and many other luminaries). He died in 2005 aged 84. It’s interesting for several reasons, a glimpse of marketing design in the 60s, an indication of how popular foil was at the time (enabling Rhom and Elias to produce creations of amazing complexity) and not least, what passed for “modern” origami in those times. For more biographical data about Sakoda, visit David Listers emporium.
Dover are a succesful craft publisher in the States and have released a number of books by origami authors, Lang and Montroll for instance. One of their companion products is a pack of fluorescent origami paper, “perfect for adding pizzazz to a wide variety of origami models”. The 18 sheets of paper are 15cms square and are fairly square, as things go.
The package itself (a “sturdy shrink-wrapped folder”) is generously large. One hopes the buyer won’t be too disappointed upon opening the pack and seeing the actual paper. I’d also disagree with the printed assertion that “paperfolders everywhere will delight in this riotously colorful selection of fluorescent hues”. It’s a matter of taste, after all.
$5 for 18 sheets of gaudy paper seems a bit steep, even wrapped in a large sheet of card. Had their been a few diagrams within, it might have been more appealing, as well as helped to promote their own books.