1/30/2024 Frontline Paper Workshop
The Rockland County Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program invites you to our FRONTLINE PAPER WORKSHOP scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th. During this day-long workshop, FrontLine Arts Instructors will guide and facilitate us as we go through the transformative process of making handmade paper from military uniforms. Please see attached flyer if interested in attending the event. It has other detailed information including POC and further information.
WHAT IS FRONTLINE ARTSPAPER ? A therapeutic process for Veterans that tend to suppress the experiences they had while serving their country during their military service. It provides a forum through a series of workshops where service members gather to sit, talk and share their stories in their own “lingo” while a transformative process of making handmade paper from military uniforms takes place. Creating this unique paper starts with the DECONSTRUCTION of uniforms which also deconstructs the memories associated with the uniform (dirt, blood sweat and tears). Service members then RECLAIM and RECONSTRUCT these memories by cutting their uniform into tiny pieces the size of a postage stamp by making it into something different(paper). These cut pieces are then beaten into a pulp using specifically designed papermaking equipment, creating a slurry of fibers and water. Sheets of paper are then pulled from the pulp and dried to create “ FRONTLINE ARTS PAPER “.
The Last phase to the process is to COMMUNICATE. This is where veterans use the dried sheets as a platform to be expressive and tell their stories. Through Instructional periods, veterans integrate drawing, printmaking, and/or written words into their combat paper using various techniques. Each FrontLine paper artwork tells a story and creates something that is meaningful. The process of peer supported community-based art engages all participants and sparks a dialogue of the raw realities of what it means to serve in the military, and live through the aftermath.