|PHOTO: Fine art print by Drew Cameron, Combat Paper Project|
Cameron is a U.S. Army veteran who served from 2000-2006. Through Combat Paper workshops, he teaches other military veterans how to make paper out of discarded uniforms. He also works with the Warrior Writers national non-profit, in teaching veterans how to collect and construct books containing their art and writing.
According to a press release:
The Combat Paper Project is dedicated to using hand papermaking as a way to help veterans come home from war. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs. Through papermaking workshops, 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. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.Cameron has been operating as an artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa's Hancher arts organization in the week leading up to a weekend performance by Kronos Quartet, who will perform a World War I-themed, multi-media work titled "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918." That performance will take place 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 7 7:30 p.m. at the Englert Theater. For more information, click here.