Ready? Steady? Fold

Join us in celebrating origami day

Ready? Steady? Fold

On November 11th, many people around the globe will take part in celebrating origami day.

Origami, the intriguing art of paper folding, may have originated in Epson’s homeland in Japan back in the 6th century, but this much loved paper craft has found a modern audience in all corners of the world. It is generally thought to trace back to Japanese Buddhist monks who would use expensive papers to create origami designs for religious ceremonies (although paper crafts are documented originating in other places too). The word origami itself is made up of two Japanese words "ori" meaning to fold, and "kami", meaning paper1.

In an increasingly digital age, origami provides a tactile experience that can result in something beautiful, unique and tangible. While paper may be disappearing to some extent from our daily lives - with emails instead of letters and e-readers instead of books - origami stands in stark contrast as a physical paper object. It can bring paper back into our lives in a way that we can treasure. Plus, the act of creating origami design has an absorbing and meditative quality, much like adult colouring books, providing an escape from our busy lives.

But that’s not forgetting that quite simply origami is fun and anyone can take part, whatever their age, gender, nationality or experience level. If you’re a beginner, there are elementary shapes that you can learn, before taking on more ambitious designs. And for those that want to just dip their toe into the world of origami, they can try a template design with guides as to where to fold. 

So don’t delay; now is the time to get into the art of origami. The internet provides a wealth of inspiration with guides and template designs - whatever your skill level. Whether you’re inspired by nature with flowers, animals and birds, or take your cues from fantasy and fiction with mythical creatures,  there’s a design to suit everyone.

If you love paper crafts, check out our Paperfight competition. There are five paper toys that you can create, with prizes to be won for the most imaginative designs and photos. Find out more and download the templates here.

And for those with an origami design, but missing a bright and patterned paper, why not print one of our colourful wrapping papers to form the background here.

If you’re an origami enthusiast or looking to organise an event around Origami day, why not kit yourself out with our EcoTank printer? It delivers fantastic prints at an ultra-low cost, with enough ink included in the box to print up to 11,000 pages in black and colour2. You can read more about it here. 

See below an exciting entry into the PaperFight competition.

1Quoted yields are extrapolated based on Epson original methodology from the print simulation of Test Patterns provided in ISO/IEC 24712. Black: 11,000/Colour: 11,000 pages yield based on two ink bottle sets included with this printer. Black: 6,000/Colour: 6,500 pages yield based on 774/664 ink bottles sold separately. Quoted yields are NOT based on ISO/IEC24711. Quoted yields may vary depending on the images that you are printing, the paper type that you are using, the frequency of your prints and environmental conditions such as temperature. 

2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_origami