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ART’S BIRTHDAY is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou.
He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water.

The picture of Robert Filliou with a paper hat is very well known. We created a website to celebrate ART’S BIRTHDAY and the act of folding paper hats.

visite our website

You can download a PDF, print it and fold it into a hat. Then redesign, prepare, modify, decorate as you like ...
If you send us a nice photograph we would be honoured to include your hat in our online collection.

To celebrate 10 years of ART'S BIRTHDAY in Antwerp, the best hat will win a unique pure golden hat hand folded by the Belgian master goldsmith Jean Marie Hoegaerts.

A jury will select the winning hat on the 18 january 2015 and the golden miniature will be sent soon after the announcement on this blog.

The Winner

latest news Posted on Wed, January 28, 2015 09:34:29

the official moment

Rocky Witzenstein ( winner ), Ronny Pringels ( chairman )

Farwell to a nice hat

latest news Posted on Wed, January 28, 2015 09:31:24

Finally we
could hand over the golden hat, but had a nice last photo …

Fold a Hat thanks Jean Marie Hoegaerts & Klaas Janssens for all the work they did to create this wonderful golden hat and wooden box.


We have a winner !

latest news Posted on Mon, January 19, 2015 01:09:19

The golden FOLD A HAT prize is won by Rocky WITZENSTEIN. The jury gives also 2 honourable mentions to TURBO and Christophe FONTYN for their folded hats.The Jury congratulates the winners and thanks all participants and hope to even more hats in the future to celebrate ART’S BIRTHDAY.

congratz …


The Jury

latest news Posted on Mon, January 19, 2015 01:08:01

difficult moments

the jury …


Je Suis …

latest news Posted on Thu, January 08, 2015 10:16:49

un chapeau …

want a copy ? … find it here


English card

latest news Posted on Wed, January 07, 2015 23:03:13

please do not hesitate to forward this card to your hat folding friends



Nederlands kaartje

latest news Posted on Wed, January 07, 2015 23:00:38

twijfel niet deze kaart naar je vouwende hoedjes vrienden te sturen



Happy 2015

latest news Posted on Sun, December 28, 2014 12:11:13


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