Paper Soldiers – ‘Rising Together | Protest in Print’
So this case has three pieces in it that address issues of Americans in war and the one I’m going to talk about is paper soldiers, which is by a collective, one of whom is from Iowa City and has returned home and his name’s Drew Cameron, and he’s one of the founders of this collective called the Combat Paper Project and he is a veteran of the Iraq War, and when he got back, he wanted to do something to process the experiences of war for veterans that had come back and weren’t finding their way back into society very easily. His father had learned to make paper with Tim Barrett here, and he decided that he wanted to try making paper out of uniforms so this combined with some other writing collectives and over a period of almost now 15 years they go all around the country, work with different groups, veterans come in, they bring one of their uniforms, they pulp that, which is how paper used to be made and is still made sometimes. So cut-up and pulp their uniform so that they’re making a slurry and can pull sheets. And so this paper that this book is, is made out of those sheets of paper and that’s a lot of people’s uniforms all together in a pulp slurry. And then they have been working with different writers to do writing. They came to Iowa in 2010 and the UI Center for the Book did a collaborative project with them where faculty and students worked with them to make the paper, then take that writing set type, set metal type, might have been polymer – I take that back – and print these images. So this is a book of images made by the veterans and pieces of poetry, mostly some sort prose that they wrote, that we then bound into an edition.