Rat (Design by Eric Joisel)

Rat (Eric Joisel)
Rat (Eric Joisel)

A new book – which is a joint effort by his friends at MFPP (French Origami Association – Mouvement Français des Plieurs de Papiers) and Nicolas Terry (of Origami-shop.com) – was released a week ago. This contained diagrams of Eric Joisel’s designs as well as write-ups and never before published pictures of him and his work.

I ordered this book – Eric Joisel – as soon as it was released and I just received it yesterday in the mail. I am absolutely pleased with the book and the contents / diagrams. Even though it is in the French language, I think it is a very good keep-sake book, especially since it is a tribute to Eric Joisel.

Eric Joisel

Paper to use:
I have folded this rat from a 25 cm square sheet of Tant paper which is brown on both sides (duo-colored). I have tried folding this rat with a smaller sheet of paper, too and found it pretty much alright.

How to Fold Eric Joisel’s Rat:
I have referred to the diagrams in the newly published book – Eric Joisel – in order to fold this. You would also be aware that Sara Adams of Happyfolding.com has also recorded and shared a very good instructional video.

In addition to these sources, you will also find the diagrams on Eric Joisel’s site. There will be directions / notes on how to reach the diagrams on that page when you visit the site.

Links: Eric Joisel’s new book and Diagrams, amazing folds of masks and folding a Carambola Kusudama

For those of you who have been waiting ages for Monsieur Eric Joisel’s book, Japan Origami Society has finally released the cover and details of the contents on their site.

Eric Joisel, the magician of origami

Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop will also carry this book, which makes it a lot more accessible for us. You can take a look at the details of the book here – Eric Joisel, the magician of origami. The book has both English and Japanese languages in it, with 80 color pages and 140 pages in all.

You must be aware at this point that the book contains no diagrams, whatsoever. There are only Crease Patterns (CPs) to most of his fabulous work such as the Dwarf and Commedia Dell’arte characters (representing the 7 deadly sins). Also included in the book, is an interview with the Origami Master himself, ideas on folding 3D human models and much more.

Diagrams for some of Eric Joisel’s work:
For those of you who would like diagrams to his work (yes! There are diagrams released now!), please visit Monsieur Eric Joisels official website to access these. Diagrams to a mask, bottle, cat, fish, Aberdeen, hedgehog, penguin, rat, a little demon mask and the rooster are available for viewing and download.

3D Masks and busts:

Foldingtype has recently upload absolutely amazing shots of 3D masks folded by him. One particular design stands out almost immediately and he has captioned it as “Why the Long Face?“. His work is a treat to see and his folding always crisp and perfect.

Carambola flower Kusudama:
You might be aware that Sara Adams has recently posted a very helpful instructional video on folding a Carambola – which represents the inside cross-section of a star fruit. Leyla Torres of Origami Spirit fame has gone one step ahead and turned these pretty looking flowers into a Kusudama Ball of Carambola flowers. I must say her idea of using oil pastels to color the paper makes it look even better. She has posted an instructional video on creating this Carambola Kusudama on her site along with tips on folding the flowers.

Holiday Tradition – Annual Lighting of the Origami Holiday Tree:
Every year, for the past 30 years, the American Museum of Natural History (in New York) marks the start of the Christmas Holiday season with the lighting of its 13 foot Christmas tree decorated from top to bottom with none other than Origami models. The theme for this year is Discovery and featured Dinosaurs, dinosaur bones, a NASA space suit, various animals and much more. Folding started in July to complete the 500 models required for the tree; contributions from various members were also invited. The tree will be on display till January 2nd 2011.

The Fold – An Online Magazine by OrigamiUSA:
The first issue of OrigamiUSA’s online magazine – The Fold – has been published. It comprises of diagrams to Robert Lang’s Finch, Jason Ku’s Convertible, a guide on video recording by Sara Adams and much more. Access to the articles is open to all OrigamiUSA members and some of these are accessible to non-members / general public, too. There is clear mention of the access type for each of the articles. The editorial board welcomes contributions to the magazine and those interested can contact any of the editors for this purpose.