This may come as a shock, but I like paper. The textures, the colors, the patterns, feel and smell of it. It's basic and primitive and one of the foundations upon which civilization is built. I've been cutting it into shapes and images for a bunch of years now, and I discover new ways to use it with every project I embark on.
The New Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques provides a great overview to the many amazing ways that paper can be used to create art. There is cut-paper art of course. But there's also Origami, paper weaving, paper pulp sculptures, quilling, bookbinding, and a ton more. I'm looking forward to digging in and experimenting.
It has been very gratifying to be able to contribute my little bit to this book. The company I'm in is humbling; in the paper cutting section alone, there's the brilliant work of Béatrice Coron and Bovey Lee. The book is worth picking up to flip through the artists' beautiful work alone.