Combat Paper is presenting a creative way for veterans to contextualize what they've seen in war. Their goal is to help veterans use art to reconcile their experiences and "broaden the traditional narrative" of how society sees military service.
The paper used is created from the very uniforms the veterans wore in combat. The uniforms are chopped up, heated, and blended into a pulp. One uniform makes about 100 sheets of paper. Check out the process of creating the paper in the video below.
This Burlington, Vermont-based initiative has helped hundreds of veterans create beautiful works of art from their uniforms, and turned what is often years of sleepless nights and worry into a creative expression of hope and memory.