Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Veterans, artists, writers and colleges team up for the Combat Paper Project

From Nov. 5-9, the Combat Paper Project is teaming up with the Colorado
State University Veterans Organization right down the road in Fort Collins
for a week-long program of workshops, film screenings, presentations and 
an exhibit leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The completed works 
will be exhibited at the William E. Morgan Library at CSU from 7-9 p.m. on
Thursday, Nov. 8. The event is free and open to the public. For more 
information, contact Drew Waldbauer,
Here's some info on the project:
The Combat Paper Project utilizes art-making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture.
Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military.
The Combat Paper Project is based out of art studios throughout the United States and has traveled to Canada and the United Kingdom, providing veterans workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists' talks. This project is made possible by a multifaceted collaboration between artists, art collectors, academic institutions and veterans.
Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, combat papermakers are attempting to progress from creating works specific to their military experiences to expressing a broader vision on militarism and society. The work reflects both the anger of the past and hope for the future. Through this collaboration between civilians and veterans, a much-needed conversation is generated regarding our responsibilities to the returned veteran and an understanding of the dehumanizing effects of warfare.
The Combat Paper Project is a collaboration initiated by Drew Matott and Drew Cameron, involving war veterans, activists and artists. More information about our beginnings or the papermaking process can be found in our basic papermaking primer.

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