NJ Peace Action

NJ Peace Action’s 56th Annual Soup Luncheon

Nov 16 2013 11:45 am
Nov 16 2013 4:00 pm

 

Transforming War Memories: Combat Paper

Works by Military Veterans and Family Members

Where:    Bloomfield High School
                   160 Broad Street
                   Bloomfield, New Jersey
Social Hour and Silent Auction:  11:45AM
Lunch: …………………………………​…12:45PM
Event Ends: …………………​…………​4:00PM

Music provided by Spook Handy (www.spookhandy.com).

Silent Auction features theater tickets, jewelry, subscriptions and restaurant gift certificates. Click here to see some of the items that will be available!

"It's very much a release," former Army medic Eli Wright said in an interview aired on PBS Newshour, which profiled the work done by Combat Paper NJ. "You know, the first time I started doing it, I felt like I was just letting off the pressure. You know, I felt like there had been all this pressure building up and I had nowhere to turn and no outlet. And it felt -- the first time I started cutting the uniform, I was literally, you know, separating away, tearing away at the fibers of war."

Combat PaperThe Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada.  The project has traveled to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists' talks.

Veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art.  The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper.  The work generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war.

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We will be joined by:

  • Jan Barry (US Army, Vietnam) Combat Papermaker and Warrior Writers Advisory Board member, author of Life After War & Other Poems (Combat Paper Press);
  • Sarah Mess (US Army, Somalia) Combat Papermaker, served in war zone field hospital in Somalia;
  • Walt Nygard (US Marine Corps, Vietnam) Artist and author of The Summer Joe Joined the Army (Post Traumatic Press). Combat Paper NJ and Warrior Writers workshop instructor;
  • Jennifer Pacanowski (US Army, Iraq) Combat Papermaker and Warrior Writers workshop leader, After Action Review contributor, author of Whose Soul Is That?
  • Eli Wright (US Army, Iraq) Began working with Combat Paper while on active duty, Combat Paper instructor at the Printmaking Center of NJ.

Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born.

Combat Paper group“The story of the fiber, the blood, sweat and tears, the months of hardship and brutal violence are held within those old uniforms. The uniforms often become inhabitants of closets or boxes in the attic. Reshaping that association of subordination, of warfare and service, into something collective and beautiful is our inspiration.”  -- Drew Cameron, one of initiators of The Combat Paper Project

OUR MENU:
A CREATIVE VARIETY OF DELICIOUS HOMEMADE SOUPS, FRESH BAKED BREAD, CHEESES, DESSERTS AND REFRESHMENTS

 

ON THE AGENDA:
GREAT FOOD!  GOOD COMPANY!  WONDERFUL MUSIC!  SILENT AUCTION, RAFFLE, BOOKS AND SPECIALTY ITEMS

Table service and limited number of chairs with back will be available upon request.

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