Class 2: Papermaking

February 3, 2010

For our first project we decided to make journals using 3 ply chipboard for the covers, homemade paper for decorative inserts, and watercolor paper for the bulk of the pages. Ideally, we will use the first class to make paper and decorate our covers and the second to bind our journals. We’re hoping that these journals can serve as an ongoing project that people will want to utilize both in class and at home.

Inspiring resource:

Combat Paper Project

“The story of the soldier, the Marine, the men and the women and the journeys within the military service in a time of war is the basis for this project. The goal is to utilize art as a means to help veterans reconcile their personal experiences as well as broaden the traditional narrative surrounding service, honor and the military culture.

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.”

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