Combat Paper

Combat Paper

The Sunday Paper #131, October 30, 2016
Paper of the Week: Combat Paper
Combat Paper is an organization that helps veterans cope with experiences of war through the transformation of military uniforms into handmade paper. I first met the founders of Combat Paper in Washington D.C. about 10 years ago when I heard a moving and passionate talk by Drew Cameron (veteran) and Drew Matott (papermaker) . Pulp printing techniques were used to set the image above onto handmade paper rendered from a variety of materials from Combat Paper workshops including: US military uniforms, American Flags, US bank notes, USFS uniforms, Fire Fighter uniforms, bed sheets, tablecloths, sweatshirts and t-shirts. Combat Paper travels around the country conducting workshops with veterans. Their van was stolen recently and a fundraiser is taking place now so that they can continue their important work. Click here to support Combat Paper!
In the Studio:
My intern Tracy Norman and I are making a lamp for the upcoming Art of Illumination exhibition at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC which will be on view Dec. 3, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017. I’m curious to see if it looks like I’m envisioning it in my head!
Papery Tidbits

  • Mark your calendars (no pun intended) for the  Twelve Months of Paper calendar two for the price of one sale which will take place on election day.
  • I’ve almost finished planning my teaching gigs for 2017, and I’m planning for two back-to-back Red Cliff Paper Retreats (September 8-10 and September 12-14, 2017). Let me know if you want to receive early notification, and stay tuned for the new theme.
  • I’m looking into traveling to New Bern, NC and Amelia Island, GA in late spring 2017. Let me know if you’d be interested in joining a workshop at one of these locations.

It would be lovely to experience Tahiti Pehrson’s exhibit, The Journey of Light, a paper cut installation installed in the windows of the Viacom offices in NYC. It sounds like a perfect piece for employees to experience throughout their workday: “The morning sunlight catches the fibers of his 100 percent cotton rag paper mandalas, casting a mellifluous glow across the building. Throughout the day, Pehrson’s patterns reflect the shifting afternoon and evening shadows, creating a subdued decoupage for employees to observe as they descend the stairway on their way home. The next day, the cycle begins again.”
This piece looks so intriguing… has anyone seen it in person? It is on view in Unbound Narrative through January 15th at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina.
I love the sentiment of Matt Hawkings when he says “there’s something magic to me about the flattest thing in the world becoming dimensional.” Check out his paper transformations! I’m dying to see where those threads lead!

This is a fascinating article about paper as a substrate for image. In her works on paper, Marsha Cottrell discusses, among other things, how she builds an image on a sheet of handmade paper (instead of just printing out what you see on the computer screen.
Detail of Marsha Cottrell's "Untitled (1:15:43pm)," 2016 (All images: Courtesy of the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts)

Detail of Marsha Cottrell’s “Untitled (1:15:43pm),” 2016 (Images: Courtesy of the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts)

Two of my all-time favorite artists are Sol Lewitt and Eva Hesse, who used to write letters to each other (on paper!). Here’s a lively reading of a letter by Lewitt to Hesse by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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  1. Lou says:

    You made it into the exhibit! I had no doubt. I will have to make a trip down there when it opens. Wilmington is only 1.5-2 hours from here. Nice blog as usual.

  2. I am amazed at the collection of paper art you always manage to FIND in the vast projects that exist, out there. These are amazing, conceptual and mesmerizing, as usual. So sorry I missed your visit to Santa Fe!

  3. Thanks for the link to Benedict Cumberbatch’s reading of a letter written by Sol Lewitt (also one of my favourite artist) to Eva Hesse. We can all identify to self-doubt.