Citation of Excellence
New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Combat Paper NJ

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 Combat Paper NJ and Warrior Writers are excited to announce
Delta Charlie Tour,
a series of art-making, writing and performance events in the D.C. region:

 

8/18-8/22: The USO Warrior and Family Center, at Bethesda (for active duty members)8/23-8/24: Cookout and workshop near the National Mall

9/11-9/13: University of Maryland : NextNOW! Fest workshops and three days of camping at Cherry Hill Campground, College Park, MD

10/3 (6-9 PM): Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, MD: Combat Paper NJ exhibition and Warrior Writers fourth anthology book release party

Check back for more dates and registration details. We hope to see you!

 

CLICK HERE REGISTER FOR CAMPING AT CHERRY HILL CAMPGROUND IN COLLEGE PARK, MD

 

Click here to register for workshops in your area!

 

 

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SUPPORT OUR COMBAT PAPER NJ VAN!

Help contribute to the purchase of our Combat Paper NJ Mobile Van! No donation is too small!

COMBAT PAPER VAN

 

 

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 paper@printnj.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!

The WWP Grants Program bridges gaps in care and services to post-9/11 injured service members by supporting organizations like us that provide high-quality, high-touch, unique programming in remote or underserved regions. Through teamwork and collaboration, this grant will enhance our ability to support post-9/11 injured service members and foster healthy readjustment to civilian life through programmatic activities aimed at exploring the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of their military experiences through printmaking and handmade papermaking. We will implement the Combat Paper NJ Program in the communities of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital through weeklong workshops every other month from January to Sept 2014. Through a powerfully transformative process, Warriors deconstruct the past by cutting up military uniforms, reclaim their experiences by making paper from the uniforms, and communicate their experiences by printing images and words onto their newly formed paper.

For more information, and a full list of WWP grant recipients, please visit:

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/grants/grant-recipients.aspx

 

 

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.

DECONSTRUCT
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.

RECLAIM
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.

COMMUNICATE
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.

 

COMBAT PAPER  NJ IN THE NEWS

Ralph Bellantoni wrote a great article on us…

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140120/NJCARING/301200003/Printmaking-program-veterans-opens-new-chapter

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Peggy McGlone and The Star Ledger came to write us up again!
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2013/05/pop-up_art_galleries_bring_art.html

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:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/1684610959001/vets-healing-vets-combat-paper-program

Combat Paper NJ was featured in The Star Ledger. Click the link below:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/branchburg_printing_center_all.html

Combat Paper NJ aired on PBS Jim Lehrer’s Newshour on April 30th, 2012. You can check out the video and other links below: 

TV segment:
http://video.pbs.org/video/2229156127

Producer Article:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/04/combat-paper-ptsd-treatment.html

Step By Step How to make Combat Paper:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/04/making-your-own-combat-paper-a-step-by-step-tutorial.html

Asbury Park Press wrote a great article on our time at Monmouth University in April 2013:
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304160100

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Thank you.