"Paper is material. Paper can be a thing made to look like something else. Designers cut, tear, rip and fold paper into the shapes of birds, queens, rockets and wedding cakes. Paper can be material for arts and crafts, for illustration and decoration, for origami and model-making. The paper model of a boat doesn’t float. The paper shoe can’t be worn. The paper cut and curled into a butterfly will not fly. Very often cut-paper objects are photographed and printed… on paper."
David Barringer is the author of There’s Nothing Funny About Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), as well as American Home Life and American Mutt Barks in the Yard. The recipient of the 2008 Winterhouse Writing Award for Design Writing & Criticism, Barringer is currently a visiting faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).