My love of paper has evolved. I grew up thinking I would become a sculptor, and worked with paper as a construction material. Over the years the paper itself has become the focus. I now work as an artist in the pauses between exploring a life of unschooling with my two children; experiments with pop-up and origami spill over into family life and the shelves of our home are lined with a zoo of paper animals and hung with paper stars. It’s an obsession we share.

My paper work has a very three dimensional quality: I cut, fold and weave it by hand. I’m inspired by the collections I draw while exploring museums, by colourful textiles, beautiful ceramics and the small corners of the world we have visited. A good paper shop is like finding treasure. My tools are simple: a pencil, a ruler, a knife, a guillotine and a pair of sharp scissors.