Coq (Rooster). 1995. 28 cm. Original square, 1.3m. Credit: Eric Joisel
Escargot (Snail). Early 1990s. Credit: Eric Joisel
Hippocampe (Seahorse). 1996. 32 cm tall. Credit: Lynton Gardiner.
Pangolin (Scaly Anteater). 2009. 50x40 cm. Credit: Origami House, Japan.
Joisel’s Pangolin figure shown flat to demonstrate fold complexity. 2009. Credit: Eric Joisel.
“Animals are a very common subject in origami. I create them with a high level of realism, trying to breath life into them. Using folding techniques like box pleating, animals with geometric forms — like snails, hedgehogs, and pangolins — seem especially attractive. Most of them are crafted into three-dimensional forms. For this, the choice of paper is crucial. After the folding is completed, I paint the origami with an acrylic fixative that gives the pieces a crisp surface and strengthens the form.”
— Eric Joisel