Service Uniforms Being Pressed Into Service One More Time

The Combat Paper Project is a unique venture aimed at helping veterans share their experiences in a cathartic manner. The project takes military uniforms and destroys them. The uniforms are pounded into a pulp, which is turned into paper, which is then used as a canvas for a piece of art representative of those individual veterans’ military memories.

Drew Cameron is one of the co-founders of the project. His reason for starting this project was to heal himself from the problems he faced in his post-combat life. According to Cameron, his life was full of destructive behavior and creating these pieces of art, it aided him to heal from the feelings of disillusionment he was feeling.

Cameron spent four years in the military to include eight months in Iraq and two years in the National Guard. When he left the military, he said he felt betrayed. Creating art out of his uniform helped him to heal from what he was going through at the time and he figured others could heal in the same manner.

While each individual piece tells an individual story of an individual conflict, Cameron sees the individual parts of art that make up his entire project tell the collective story of all those people that contributed.

In an effort to spread the word of what Cameron believes to be a cathartic experience, the project leaders were in Key West hosting a “how-to” workshop. They invited veterans to bring in their uniforms to being healing their wounds through art. Some of the collective work of the project is on display and traveling the country in a show call Fibers of Reason through January 10, 2010.