Paper Making Workshop

Turn Uniform in to Paper & War Experience into Art
Event Start Date: October 22, 2013 - 11 a.m.
Event End Date: October 25, 2013 - 4 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: UMass Campus Center, 1st Floor, Terrace


Turn Uniforms into Paper and War Experience into Art.

About Combat Paper

The story of the fiber, the blood, sweat and tears, the months of hardship and brutal violence are held within those old uniforms. The uniforms often become inhabitants of closets or boxes in the attic. Reshaping that association of subordination, of warfare and service, into something collective and beautiful is our inspiration. Drew Cameron, Director, Combat Paper

Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born. Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military. The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The project has traveled across the US, and to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo.

Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, we are broadening the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare. The work also generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war.


Drew Cameron and Nathan Lewis of Combat Paper will be working with students and the campus community to make pulp out of uniforms and turn it into paper. This paper will be the basis for further writing and art-making. Veterans are encouraged to bring in their uniforms. Through the creative process, all participants are able to express and share thoughts and feelings about the complexities of war.

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