A south Cumbrian paper maker has developed a striking new livery for its fleet of delivery vehicles.

James Cropper, based in Burneside, near Kendal, commissioned four paper sculptures to appear on the side of its lorries that deliver its products across the country.

The sculptures were created in Kendal green paper – the company’s signature colour – by Foldability, a London-based design studio which uses the principles of origami and geometry across its creations.

They were then photographed and emblazoned on the side of the vehicles.

James Cropper chair Mark Cropper said the artwork had to communicate the “intrinsic beauty” of its papers and be delivered at a huge scale – the full length of an articulated truck.

Kyla McCallum, founder of Foldability, said: “The four paper sculptures include a total of over 10,000 lines, each one folded individually by hand. I wanted to create pieces with interesting geometric patterns that could work at the largest scale and reflect the precision and craftsmanship that James Cropper is known for.”

The final images submitted to trailer suppliers Schmitz Cargobull were over 1GB each, the highest definition they had ever handled.

Mr Cropper said: “Every fold and crease is visible, even the texture of the paper itself.

"The final result is fabulous. It is a perfect representation of what James Cropper stands for – an unmatched dedication to quality, and every sheet of material tailor made to exacting specifications. I came across Kyla’s work on Instagram and it immediately struck a chord.

"Her work transforms a flat sheet into something dynamic and multi-dimensional that redefines the material. It is simple, but beautiful and completely authentic. The fit was perfect.”

Kendal green is bespoke colour based on a woollen cloth the area was famous for in the Middle Ages.

The original pigments used to dye the cloth were identified and the colour brought back to life in James Cropper’s colour lab.

“I was very keen our brand colour had an authentic provenance,” said Mr Cropper.

“We’ve been experts in colour for over 170 years and this experience is a key reason brands from all around the world choose to work with us. It was important our own colour was as unique and true to our roots as those we make for so many others.”