Peacemaking & DIY Papermaking

September 15, 2012

Inspired by my work with and the mission of Peace Paper, over the last few months I have been incorporating handmade papermaking with some of my art therapy work with youth who have been impacted by trauma and loss.

One way we used the transformative process of papermaking over the last few months included expressing some of the emotional burden of experiencing or witnessing someone being bullied. Youth ages 6-12 created and then tore up images and hurtful messages about bullying to destroy in a blender for pulping.  The pulp from this was then used to form new sheets of handmade paper that would become decorated as Peace Flags.  The process of destructing the negative & re-constructing it into something positive was really powerful.  The Peace Flags also served as a visual reminder and a way to dialogue about how each of us can choose to engage in peaceful and less hurtful behavior with one another.

Below is a short video I created about this process:

If you’re interested in learning more about the papermaking steps I implemented, feel free to check out this DIY Papermaking How-to Sheet that you can save, download, or print out through SlideShare:

Also check out the work of Peace Paper, their papermaking tools, tutorials, and resources at www.peacepaperproject.org.

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3 Responses to “Peacemaking & DIY Papermaking”


  1. This is great Gretchen, what a wonderful idea to transform hurt and fear into something so beautful.
    Hope all is good with you?
    Big love
    AJ :-)


  2. Thank you AJ for your comment…. Nice to hear from you! This was a powerful process on so many levels…. Sending love to you– :)

  3. Hannah Says:

    I’ve been wondering how you use the papermaking process in order to help transform trauma–your post helps make this very clear. I look forward to trying it with the kids in the hospital. Think of the kinesthetic pleasure!


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