"If one isn’t an origami folder, it’s difficult to explain the process of conception through to the finished model. The creation process is similar to a scientific method. When designing a person, one begins with the assumption that the four corners of the paper will represent each hand and foot. From that general assumption, a “crease pattern” is developed that blueprints all the folds required for the model. These crease patterns may be modified while the model takes shape. Some of my first creations, like the hedgehog, took 5-6 years to finally develop. Now, years later, the process is a little easier.
'Origami has within it all the possibilities we associate with creative art,' Yoshizawa-sensei once said.
I try to respect the traditional rules of origami, using only one piece of paper and never cutting. The important element for me is modeling the paper. Precreasing and collapsing a geometrical base is not a pleasurable for me. It is merely a required step to arrive at my real work: sculpting.
I have a great respect for 'pure origami', with flat surfaces and nice geometrical conception, but as you can feel looking at my own models, I am much more interested into models 'looking alive', which means for me volume, curved creases and much sculpting.
Mirroring life requires curves, not straight lines."
I have always been interested in conceptualizing and realizing models containing different types of surfaces and shapes that can play with the light and give the illusion of different colors. Like a good piece of jazz, every model I create is unique and one-of-a-kind. "
Every paper, square or rectangle, needs to be 70 to 90 cm. In the first BOJB, I used a foil absolutely perfect for me. Alas, 4 years later, it is impossible to find it in France. I needed to go specifically to Belgium! That's too much trouble. So, I bought about 300€ of material, glued together 8 sheets (washi/alu/tissue), and it worked!!!
Later, I got to know Eric better, a very nice person who has a great sense of humor. I also found out that we use similar tools and techniques, even though our 'styles' are quite different. Eric Joisel's creations beautifully combine artistic sensibility and technical prowess. Eric is a sculptor who happens to choose paper as his medium, and he has pushed it to unfathomable lengths."