Make Paper, Not War

March 17, 2010

In October, I introduced The Combat Paper Project (CPP) with this post about how this powerful collaborative and transformative art process of  pulping combat uniforms to make paper and art is helping veterans to reclaim and renew meaning about their military experience and veteran identity.  

CPP has embarked on their 2010 Combat Paper & Lecture Tour, already visiting  Boston, MA and Buffalo, NY areas to conduct workshops, speak about the project, and participate in symposia and exhibits showcasing work inspired by the CPP.

I am excited that Cleveland is also a stop on this year’s CPP Tour!  Co-Founders Drew Matott and Drew Cameron will be here next week  in the Cleveland, OH area to teach a course for Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program entitled PTSD Deconstruction: Pulp, Paper, and the Healing Process. 

On Thursday, March 25 there will be a free community lecture about the Combat Paper Project at Ursuline College from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for those interested in learning more about CPP from its Founders and local retired US Marine veteran and Combat Papermaker Donna Perdue.  For more information about this event, download this flyer or check out this event listing on Facebook.  I hope to see you there!

On Friday, 3/26 and Saturday 3/27 students attending the PTSD Deconstruction: Pulp, Paper, and the Healing Process will learn more about the work of CPP, the merging of papermaking with art therapy and in trauma intervention.  This course closed out quickly and hopefully CPP will be back at Ursuline in 2011 for more!  

The class will  include hands on papermaking demonstrations from the Drew’s, my own presentation about papermaking and art therapy, guest presenter Cathy Malchiodi who will talk about art therapy, trauma intervention, and the military, and lots of opportunities to make art around the theme of transformation and reclamation.  Students will also be brainstorming and discussing ways in which the CPP papermaking process can be used with others outside of the veteran population and setting.  I am looking forward to teaching and learning more during these two days!

Papermaking @ Seton Hill Art Therapy Workshop- November 2009

Another happening taking place this same week-end on Saturday and Sunday is a “Transforming Memories to Art” workshop at Cleveland’s Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking led by Donna Perdue and her collaboration Paper Bridges.  This workshop is free and open to community.  The workshop will help individuals who have experienced conflict, trauma, the loss of a loved one, or struggled with an unresolved issue to find peace, hope and embrace this experience with new meaning. 

Participants will be transforming a fabric item of important and symbolic value into works of art through the papermaking process.  Individuals interested in participating are asked to bring a small article of clothing (preferably cotton) to use in the experience through cutting it up, processing it and creating the pulp into sheets of paper. For more information and location details, visit the Paper Bridges website.

Lots of great opportunity to make some paper and learn about the important work of the Combat Paper Project if you are in the Cleveland area or can get here.  Looking forward to seeing everyone throughout these few days!

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3 Responses to “Make Paper, Not War”


  1. [...] My first ATC was inspired by the work of The Combat Paper Project, which has appeared on Creativity in Motion before with my posts Combat Paper Project: Liberating Uniforms into Art and Make Paper, Not War. [...]


  2. [...] practical applications and first person experiences will be explored, as well as highlighting The Combat Paper Project and suggestions for art therapy’s role with returning [...]


  3. [...] the benefits of papermaking for self reclamation and transformation, including the work of The Combat Paper Project (CPP) and testimony about our personal experience with the papermaking process last [...]


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