What’s That Fold?

The folder and his 365th Fold on New Years Eve, 2011.

I am Peter (wonko/Pdub) Whitehouse. I am a Husband and Father, a Teacher, Author and out and proud Geek. I am @wonko42 on twitter,  www.facebook.com/wonko and can be contacted via email on pwhitehouse [at] optusnet[dot]com[dot]au

I have been folding Origami since first introduced to it as an 11 year old who was entertaining a house guest at the time. Matsumitsu Inada, then a young chap out of college in Osaka came to stay for a while – he sat down and taught me the crane which was my first foray into paper folding, like it is for so many.

I fold for many reasons. More recently it is (after much reflection) to prove to myself that I am still in control of my hands – it was not always like this. I suffered spinal chord trauma that gradually robbed me of feeling in my fingers and made moving my arms really difficult. The solution was spinal fusion in my neck to relieve the pinching from a herniated disk and a lower collapsed disk – the result is a titanium plate that keeps my head on (good to know my head really is screwed on tight now). I have some residual nerve damage but am using folding as physical therapy to keep the muscles and nerves working. It seems to be paying off. Everything blogged here was folded post-op. Everything. I look back in wonder and amazement and deep gratefulness for having the ability to do this at all – it was no certain thing pre 2011.

I am an enthusiast, would not consider myself an expert but like to push my own knowledge and try things that look tricky. I have found learning by doing the most effective way unlike my approach as a kid, there are few models I shy away from this time around just because they look hard.

Always on the look out for new designs, this blog will hopefully capture some interesting models. I vow to try and include the first fold only, practically, sometimes the instructions are so complex or incomplete that I may have to try aspects of them first to even have a fair go at achieving the model, so forgive me occasionally – no idea if that will result in a pile of crumpled rejects or not.


Some of my Print Reference Library

This blog was originally titled “Origamiphemera” because that is what origami is – made from impermanent materials, brittle and delicate, the finished models are not with us long – I like the idea of ephemeral beauty – this sort is designed to give away – I hope to share some with you.

In 2011 I resolved to fold a different model every day for that year (yes, 365 different models) I kept all models for the year, keeping the month’s models in a large shoebox and the rest in archive in a large tidy box. I was organized and did a monthly group photo of all models folded that month as well – they look really impressive all out on display. the year’s folds made up my 365 project – one a day for a year is a punishing schedule but rewarding in it’s own way.

In 2017 I madly did this again – this was complicated by the fact that I had to FIND another 365 models I had not folded before and could achieve on a one-a-day schedule. This proved much harder than I ever imagined in the end and I am under instructions from my family to NEVER consider doing it again – I think I agree.

Posts that contain NUMBERS at the front are, for me, new models. They are in no particular order of difficulty but for me they are new – usually the numbered post is the first fold of that model. Subsequent folds might appear as folds but are not numbered posts. Just in case you are wondering.

The nomenclature in 2017 was be more complex as I had 550 modelsup to that point: 551(1/365) was 1/365 – 551 is the overall new model number, the bracketed number is the yearly model number(1-365) if that makes sense. 

For reference, I include paper shape and bases the models are derived from if I remember. A BASE is a common starting point for many folds, usually having roughly enough flaps to cope with the demands of the model – origami enthusiasts get to a base and shape from there – things like bird base, waterbomb, turtle, pony, windmill etc – these are standard forms that you can google if you want.

My growing tool collection

For reference, the “tools” I use include my fat, clumsy fingers and fingernails, a ruler, japanese chopstick (to get into those really tight corners), a bone folder (crisp creases), stylus, scalpel, crease splitter, collection of tweezers, bull dog clips and a digital camera.

Folder – with beer and asp

A GALLERY of the 2017 challenge is here: http://www.wonko.info/365origami/?page_id=6284

A complete gallery of images only is also being compiled at: http://neubauten.deviantart.com/gallery/28292036

A video presentation of some of the original 365 collection can be found at:

I kept track of what I did in 2011 using a spreadsheet at:

To keep track of my 2017 attempt, I used a spreadsheet at: