Combat Paper NJ
SUPPORT COMBAT PAPER NJ
DECONSTRUCT, RECLAIM, COMMUNICATE
All veterans have a story to tell. Combat Paper NJ (CPNJ), a program of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, offers artistic tools and professional instruction to veterans, providing a space to use art and writing to explore their physical, psychological, and emotional experiences. Our specialty is making handmade paper from military uniforms—Combat Paper. This paper creates a platform for veterans to share their stories, providing a new language for self-expression.
Are you a veteran or active duty service member? Maybe you’d like to make a book out of a uniform you have stored in a duffel bag; maybe you’d like to silkscreen an image from your overseas service onto Combat Paper. CPNJ can help you tell your story creatively.
In casual drop-in sessions, on college campuses, in community centers, and at VA and military hospitals, CPNJ brings printmaking and the art of handmade papermaking to all veterans.
Since its inception in 2011, CPNJ has conducted over 120 workshops, presentations, and exhibitions. The program is run by veterans, for veterans.
Even if you’re not a veteran, there are still ways you can get involved. See www.printnj.org/combat-paper for more details.
Uniforms hold the dirt, blood, sweat, tears, and memories of combat that veterans experience. Each Combat Paper NJ session begins with the assembled veterans sharing their stories while deconstructing their uniforms. The process is cathartic and transformative.
The deconstructed fibers of the uniform are beaten into pulp using specially-designed papermaking equipment, creating a slurry of uniform fibers and water. Sheets of paper are pulled from the pulp and dried to create handmade Combat Paper.
Sheets of Combat Paper become the platform for veterans to communicate their stories through art. Veterans integrate drawings, photographs, iconic images, and words into their Combat Paper using silkscreen and other printmaking techniques they are taught. Each finished work of Combat Paper art tells a profoundly personal story.
EVERYONE BECOMES A WITNESS
Public forums and exhibitions of Combat Paper are important opportunities for veterans to talk about their military service. These forums also help the public better understand what combat vets have endured. These interactions begin to bridge the gap that causes isolation and despair, helping veterans recover and move ahead with their lives.
Thanks to Lorraine Ash for a great article in the Daily Record!
IMPACT 100 GARDEN STATE AWARD!!
Printmaking Center is honored to announce that we have been selected as the first Impact 100 Garden State of the Community Foundation Award Recipient. With this generous award, Combat Paper NJ will be able to implement our mobile program throughout targeted areas (HUBS) in New Jersey. Our first HUB is in Somerville, NJ. We are holding veteran workshops, events and an exhibition. Please come by, to check us out. If you are a Veteran, stop by anytime. Please email David Keefe at combat firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Printmaking Center of New Jersey is honored to announce that we have been selected as a 2013 Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) grant recipient!
For more information, and a full list of WWP grant recipients, please visit:
Ralph Bellantoni wrote a great article on us…
Peggy McGlone and The Star Ledger came to write us up again!
FOX News Channel came out to our Sunday Session on June 10th, 2012 and aired a Live segment of Combat Paper NJ. You can view the segment by following the link below:
Combat Paper NJ was featured in The Star Ledger. Click the link below:
Combat Paper NJ aired on PBS Jim Lehrer’s Newshour on April 30th, 2012. You can check out the video and other links below:
Step By Step How to make Combat Paper:
Asbury Park Press wrote a great article on our time at Monmouth University in April 2013: