Citation of Excellence
New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Combat Paper NJ

Combat Paper NJ with program final small

DECONSTRUCT                       RECLAIM                       COMMUNICATE


Sign up for our Wounded Warrior Project Grant Workshops in the D.C. area!

Click on the workshop below to view all information and fill out a Registration Form. Please sign up for only one session in one workshop.  Please contact David Keefe at with any questions.

Combat Paper NJ – Wounded Warrior Project Grant Workshop #5                                                   Silver Spring, MD  May 12 – 14, 2014


Combat Paper NJ – Wounded Warrior Project Grant Workshop #6                                                   Alexandria, VA   May 27 – 31, 2014


Thank you, and see you there!

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:




Art is a powerful tool for change. Throughout history, art has been used to help post-conflict societies deal with the past, reconciliation and coping with trauma. Tens of thousands of young men and women are returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many find it challenging to adjust to civilian life. A sobering statistic published in the National Journal indicates that 22 American veterans commit suicide each day.

Combat Paper NJ is run by veterans, for veterans. It provides safe and comfortable settings where veterans can use art to help them recover from physical, psychological and emotional effects of war. In weekly drop-in sessions, on college campuses, on community centers, VA Hospitals, and Military Installations, Combat Paper NJ brings printmaking and the ancient art of hand-papermaking to all veterans from all conflicts.

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.

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.

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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: 

TV segment:

Producer Article:

Step By Step How to make Combat Paper:

Asbury Park Press wrote a great article on our time at Monmouth University in April 2013:

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Thank you.