Paper is a natural choice of material for my work. It provides the translucency I am seeking in the constructions. It also provides a thin plane of material that is easily shaped and accepts the reed, wood and paper cord that I apply to it. Paper is a fragile material. It can be easily ripped or torn. The structures that I make are quite fragile in appearance. To reinforce the fragility of the pieces, treated rice paper is effective.
My work is strongly derived from the Japanese shoji screen, which is traditionally made of rice paper. The qualities of paper now available are exciting to work with; primarily, I use a very simple, thin white rice paper.