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Eric Joisel
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1956
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
Death: Oct. 10, 2010
Departement du Val-d'Oise
Île-de-France, France

Eric Joisel was born in 1956 in Enghien-les-Bains, near Paris, the youngest of five children. Although he originally intended to study Law his interests changed to sculpture during his late teens. His interest in origami began in the early 1980 when he saw the work of Akira Yoshizawa, a Japanese master of the art form.

Largely self-taught his work was unlike most others. He preferred the wet method of folding where paper is softened by dampening so that it can be manipulated into complex shapes. He was of a firm belief to not use adhesives and the paper should never be cut. He would literally take years planning the design of a single sculpture and hundreds of hours actually making one if necessary. It took him almost six years to perfect the design of his hedgehog sculpture. With its highly complex design, most experts at the art discourage amateurs from even attempting it. He was one of few Origami artists to master highly detailed human forms.

His work has been exhibited in many museums around the world including the Musée du Louvre. Private collectors have paid thousands of dollars for a single piece. Paradoxically though due to the level of effort he put into each piece he did not see much income from his work.

Eric Joisel was considered by his peers to have been among the finest origami masters in the world. Joisel was featured in the documentary Between the Folds, a 2009 film by Vanessa Gould about the modern world of origami artists.

Eric Joisel passed away in Argenteuil, outside Paris of lung cancer. He never married and had no children. He is survived by his four siblings.

Cimetiere d'Enghien Les Bains
Departement du Val-d'Oise
Île-de-France, France
Created by: Rick Jones
Record added: Mar 20, 2012
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Eric Joisel
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Eric Joisel
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