Combat Paper Project records, 1980-2012 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences while broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and military culture. 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. The Combat Paper Project is a collaboration initiated by Drew Matott and Drew Cameron, involving war veterans, activists, and artists.