Eric Joisel’s Origami


French artist Eric Joisel (1956-2010) is considered by his peers to have been among the finest origami masters in the world. This beloved French artist and sculptor created stunningly beautiful and complex sculpted origami paper models. These are all made out of a single piece of paper (without the use of scissors or glue).

Eric could spend more than 100-hours folding a single piece of paper in order to create his amazing pieces of art.

“Origami is very difficult”, he said. “When people ask how long it takes me to make a sculpture I say ’35 years’, because that is how long it’s taken me to get to this level.”

“I have worked in clay, stone and wood before working in paper. I prefer creating human figures more than animals. Before I was able to attempt folding a complete human figure, I practiced making masks and faces for many years. This was more than just production, it was the process of breathing life into the paper and most importantly, partially improvising with every model so that each one was distinctive. This is different than traditional origami where every step is exactly defined so that folders could produce accurate copies. All my models are completely unique.”


His armadillo is one of my favorites:


He spent 6 years on doing this for the first time:



Eric Joisel with his adorable pet rhino:

Crane Viking:



Three kings:



Unfortunately, he died on October 10th of 2010 (10/10/10), leaving us bereft of his amazingly intricate works of art. This post is a tribute to him and his godlike talent.

Take the time to check out all of his other works at his official website: ericjoisel.com

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