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Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami

by Eric Joisel

2010 by Gallery Origami House
English and Japanese

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Skill Level Complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Yes

Overall Impression

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This is not a diagram-book (although 2 diagrams are included), but rather a magnificent showcase and tribute to the work of the late artist Eric Joisel. Sadly, it came out very shortly following his passing. The first half of the book is comprised of beautiful photos of pretty much every design Joisel ever created, along with hand-sketched crease-patterns, Joisel's comments about each design and photos of different angles of the models.

The second half contains articles by Robert Lang and David Brill about Joisel; a long, no-holds-barred interview with Joisel, where he talks about *everything*, A transcript of a presentation about Joisel's 3D work, where he discusses his various techniques at length, and some more articles discussing Joisel's creative process. The book ends with diagrams for his trademark rat, and the base for his famous dwarf, many variations of which are used in Joisel's orchestra.

This is a great tribute to an artist who brought fresh air and new perspectives to the art of origami.

There are 2 Origami Designs in Eric Joisel - The Magician of Origami:

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Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

Eric Joisel131Square

Also in BOS Magazine 189
Also in BOS Magazine 203
Also in Das Diagramm 38
Also in Eric Joisel - Le Pli magazine by Eric Joisel
Also in Le Pli 71
Also in Le Pli 118-119-120
and in other sources...

Origami Rat by Eric Joisel folded by Gilad Aharoni on

Imaginary beings

Eric Joisel134Square

Also in BOS Magazine 244
Also in Eric Joisel - Le Pli magazine by Eric Joisel
Also in Le Pli 118-119-120
Also in Tanteidan 13th convention
Also in Venezuela Origami Convention 2010

Excellent - This is only the base, the final shaping depends on the folder's creativity.
Origami Dwarf by Eric Joisel on
Folded by Pere Olivella