In 2008 I was awarded a residency at Dieu Donne Paper in Manhattan, where I began learning about how paper is made. It was a truly magical experience. Paper is something that I had always understood to be flat, rectangular, dry and monochromatic. Suddenly it was a liquid that could be poured, mixed, layered and played with. It could be lots of colors and even textures and thicknesses. It gets pressed under thousands of pounds of pressure. Traditionally, paper is made by breaking down another material -- often a textile like cotton or linen -- by "beating it to a pulp", and then reconstituting it into the finished product -- the paper we use every day. That process is very much like the way I have made most of my work -- by breaking down materials, de-constructing, tearing apart one material or thing, a textile, in order to create something new -- my pieces.