William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Combat Paper Workshop at Madison VA
The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital’s Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) Program hosted a series of workshops on July 11 and 12 featuring artist Drew Cameron, of Combat Paper. Cameron demonstrated and helped participants repurpose donated military uniforms, or uniforms of their own worn in service, into handmade paper.
The GEMS program seeks to connect the environmental aspect of "reuse" to the meaningful experience of transforming something worn in combat into a piece of art. After serving 4 years of active duty in the United States Army, including a tour in Iraq in 2003, and 2 years in the National Guard, Cameron studied forestry and ecology. "The environmental elements of my work are enduring and imagery that speaks to this connection [to the environment] is easy for me to create." said Cameron.
Cameron created a series of pieces featuring Wisconsin flora and fauna. His artwork is currently on permanent display in the hospital.
About Combat Paper
The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The project has traveled to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo, providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists’ talks.
For more information about Combat Paper, visit https://www.combatpaper.org//.