The Chinese describe a newborn as a sheet of blank paper, pure and innocent. Blank paper is empty but full of potential. Everyone begins life as a blank sheet of paper: what the paper becomes is determined by how it is manipulated. Who we become is determined by education and life experience. We have a historical relationship to paper that spans almost 2000 years; it is sometimes a commodity, sometimes a communication media, and sometimes a representation of cultural beliefs. Whether it comes in the form of a map, a post-it note or a great work of literature, there is an intrinsic connection between paper and humans.