Where do you go for inspiration?
The internet, mostly. I also like to visit exhibitions in London and as well Bristol, which is the city I live in at the moment. Especially with reference to the work I do with birds, the best sources come from illustrated books from twenty or thirty years ago. They don't produce that sort of book any more, partly because the illustrations tend now to be replaced by photographic studies. The latter are fine for me but I find the the level of realism that was achieved in the drawings more interesting. I get most of my books in charity shops near where I live – it is surprising how some things don’t mean much for some people mean a lot to others.
How did your interest in using paper as a sculptural medium arise?
I’ve always been interested in paper as a medium, both for its economy and for the simple effort that it requires to completely transform it. It doesn't necessitate complicated tools or processes. It is so immediate as a medium, you don't need to wait hours for colour to dry and the gluing process is very fast. With time, I’ve discovered that paper can be shaped and configured in so many ways, and I like the challenge of transforming it into things that it is difficult to imagine the material imitating; it is now so familiar to me that I can automatically think of a form in terms of its paper construction.