Paper is a cellulose material made from the pulp of trees, plants and grasses. Thought to originate in China, paper has traditionally been used for writing and illustration, but has many craft applications as well, including papermaking, papercrafting and origami. In the last few decades, paper has been featured prominently as a primary material in the fine arts.
The main way in which I use paper is thru the art of origami (also known as paperfolding). I have always been fascinated by the transformation of a basically 2 dimensional flat surface with no characteristics into a 3-D sculpture of something not only recognizable, but which also exhibits emotion and personality. Add to that the constraints of traditional origami – no cutting or gluing – and I’m sold, as both a fan and a practitioner.