Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Combat Paper Project

Drew Cameron, a US Army veteran and former student at the Community College of Vermont has launched a cooperative called the Combat Paper Project which is now receiving national acclaim and being presented throughout the country. Uniforms are boiled into paper and used for written and visual expressions of war experience - as a transformative process for soldiers, as well as being an awareness campaign for everyone.

The story of the soldier, the Marine, the men and the women and the journeys within the military service in a time a war is the basis for this project. The goal is to utilize art as a means to help veterans reconcile their personal experiences as well as challenge the traditional narrative surrounding service, honor 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, beat 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 as a soldier in war.

Cameron works from The Green Door Studio in Burlington with founder & paper artist, Drew Mattot, a former CCV staff member. Want to learn more about the Combat Paper Project? If so visit their homepage at http://www.combatpaper.org/ and check out the video below.

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