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Re: [BKARTS] Combat Paper Project



This is a wonderful project in many regards.I was able to attend two readings here in San Francisco by three of the Iraq War veterans involved with this Vermont project. They pulp military uniforms to produce paper for hand-stitched booklets, some of which they use as sketch books or poetry journals. While most of the paper is purely pulped uniforms (an exquisitely inspired idea resonating with swords-to-ploughshares understanding), at least some of those booklets have covers or text pages made in part with pulped military papers (e.g. blank enlistment contracts) and flags. Some of the paper is used for printing posters (the one I have mimics an army recruiting slogan ("There's strong. And then there's army strong," by replacing "strong" with "wrong," and replacing "Enlist now" with Resist now.")These are not fine-art works, but they are certainly remarkable. The combat paper project (like the two anthologies of their writing, available from their web site) is primarily about these men working together to recover from and understand their war experience, and to form a community for other returning veterans. This group is devising a pedal-operated beater so that they can visit various towns and invite local veterans to pulp their own uniforms on the spot.If you're Googling around for them, they also call their studio The People's Republic of Paper, and publish their writings (mostly personal reflection and poetry) as Warrior Writers. -- Stephen. 
Friends, check out this new poetry and playscript publishing venture:
www.inkonoclast.com.> Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:49:42 -0500> From: paul.werner@xxxxxxx> Subject: [BKARTS] Combat Paper Project> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > "Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beat 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 as a soldier in war."> > > http://www.combatpaper.org> >                                     >              ***********************************************>                                     >              Annual Arnold Grummer Press sale now online at>          <http://www.philobiblon.com/suppliers.shtml#Press_Sale>>                                     >   Please note that attachments to listserv messages are not permitted,>             and are automatically removed by the listserver.>                                     > For all your subscription questions, go to the Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive.>          See <http://www.philobiblon.com> for full information.>                                     >              ***********************************************
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