November 4, 2018
Elephant hide is one of my favorite papers for folding. It is a German paper produced by Zanders and is only carried by a few suppliers in the states (I get it from Talas). It comes in two weights and a handful of muted, rich colors.
As we approach the shortest (and darkest) day of the year (in the Western Hemisphere at least) how about adding a little light? This video shows you how to fold and accordion, cut pop-ups into it, and an attachment with decorative brads (although you could do many things to connect the ends). Here’s a template that you might find handy when making the lantern. Enjoy the video and the project, and if you try it out, please send me a picture!
On Paper Talk:
I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol (mother and daughter) on my podcast, Paper Talk! We talked about their lives (with paper, of course) and their new book, The Art of the Fold. I’ve known Hedi for many years, and I’m pretty sure she taught me how to properly fold an accordion (you’ll see this in the video). She recommends elephant hide paper in her book, and one of the projects in her book in the new book is a pop-up accordion book, which I may have learned from her years ago. I turned the structure into this lantern, which I featured in my own book Paper Illuminated. The circles our lives make are pretty incredible when you get old enough to reflect on them! It’s so wonderful how Hedi has shared her inventions through teaching with the book arts community for so many years, and this book is an extension of that. I’m so glad it is here!
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