It is true that cutting and ripping
papers makes a big mess. But it's a clean mess,
not a dirty mess.
I always begin to work using a
waste basket, but after some time even the waste
basket can disappear under the rubble. It's true:
the whole desk, then the floor near my desk, soon
the whole floor in the whole studio becomes my waste
basket. What can I do? I do not stop cutting just
to pick up scraps of paper.
The studio floor then looks a lot
like my unraked yard in the height of autumn, and
the crunch of papers underfoot sounds a lot like
the crunch of autumn leaves. But when I finish a
page I do sweep up the scraps.
The scraps, however, are hardly
ever left in great big green garbage bags in front
of the house on trash pick-up days. I have to confess
that the unused pieces usually find their ways,
arranged by color, into one of the 14 big baskets
in my paper supply room.
How can I throw out a perfectly
good piece of beautiful bright blue rice paper even
if it is only one inch by one inch big and bent
at the corner when it could make perfectly good