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War is Trauma, 2011

Combat Paper, 2007-09

War is Trauma: A Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) public education portfolio project, 2011

Only 40 standard portfolios still available, individuals $300, institutions $750, sales benefit the IVAW. To buy and/or arrange for exhibitions of the portfolio contact Marshall Weber.

Check out the new IVAW War is Trauma website, here.


War is Trauma is co-sponsored by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (a decentralized artist collective consisting of 26 print makers in the US, Canada, and Mexico), Iraq Veterans Against the War (a veterans organization that has over 61 active chapters, including six on military bases, and a membership of over 1,700 veterans and active duty service members across the US, Canada, Europe, and Iraq), and BOOKLYN Artists Alliance (an artist-run, non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, NY that specializes in artists’ books, publications, and one-of-a-kind projects.)

The first 15 portfolios were pre-sold through BOOKLYN and included an original drawing by Aaron Hughes; they are now SOLD OUT.

Thanks to our sponsors!
1. Chapman College, Orange, CA
2. Boston Athenaeum
3. Emory College
4. Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA
5. Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, FL
6. David Keihl, NYC
7. Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
8. Library of Congress
9. Scripps College, Claremont, CA
10. Stanford University Libraries, Palo Alto, CA
11. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
12. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
13. University of Vermont, Burlington
14. Anonymous, NYC
15. Anonymous, NYC


Portfolio edition: 130
Size of individual prints: 12" x 16"

Each portfolio will be signed and numbered, printed on archival paper, and housed in a handmade paper folder from the Combat Paper Project–paper whose source material derives from military uniforms that veterans have cut into small pieces, mixed with water, and pulped into paper as part of the healing process.

If you would like the prospectus for the project, click here.

Participating Artists:
Santiago Armengod (Mexico City), Kevin Caplicki (Brooklyn), Alec Dunn (Portland, OR), Molly Fair (Brooklyn), Thea Gahr (Mexico City), Nicolas Lampert (Milwaukee), Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn), Colin Matthes (Milwaukee), Dylan AT Miner (E. Lansing), Roger Peet (Portland, OR), Jesse Purcell (Montreal), Erik Ruin (Philadelphia), Shaun Slifer (Pittsburg), Chris Stain (Queens), Mary Tremonte (Pittsburgh), Pete Yahnke (Albuquerque), Bec Young (Pittsburgh)

Chris Arendt (MI Army National Guard Veteran, Michigan), Jeremy Bergren (Marine Veteran, North Carolina), Drew Cameron (Army Veteran, Vermont), Aaron Hughes (IL National Guard Veteran, Chicago), Will Stewart‐Starcks (Army Veteran, Kansas), Peter Sullivan (IL Army National Guard Veteran, Chicago), Jon Turner (Marine Veteran, Vermont), Joyce Wagner (Marine Veteran, Pittsburgh) (Allies) John Carr (Los Angeles), Harrell Fletcher (Portland, OR), Michael Rakowitz (Chicago), Temporary Services (Chicago), Marshall Weber (Brooklyn)

The media and the public often find it convenient to ignore the realities of war that GI’s have experienced and continue to face in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider the following:

• A suicide epidemic exists amongst GI’s and veterans.
• Close to 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
• Many of these same soldiers are being redeployed back to the front lines to fight in a war without end.
• Three to four tours of duty are commonplace.
• 20 percent of deployed soldiers are on at least one psychotropic medication.

War is Trauma, a print portfolio project co-organized by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), is a graphic response to this crisis. Over 30 artists from Justseeds, IVAW, and their allies have each created a print that either addresses GI resistance or “Operation Recovery” – the IVAW campaign launched in 2010 that aims to stop the redeployment of traumatized troops, focus public attention towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and ultimately prevent the US military from waging war in the Middle East.


IVAW writes “we recognize that we must stop the deployment of all soldiers in order to end these occupations, we see the deployment of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma as particularly cruel, dangerous, and inhumane. Military commanders across all branches are pushing service members far past human limits for the sake of combat readiness. We cannot allow those commanders to ignore the welfare of their troops.

From multiple deployments despite PTSD, TBI, and other injuries, to rampant sexual assault within the military, soldiers are consistently being denied their right to heal. This basic right is being denied and we must organize to get it back."


Justseeds-IVAW Chicago action:

Past Justseeds portfolios:

IVAW Operation Recovery:
Combat Paper Project:


Combat Paper, 2007-9


Combat Paper, is (so far) four volumes of six pulp paper photographic prints in an envelope of pulp paper, produced in editions of five to ten. All the paper is made from the shredded used uniforms of United States of American Iraq War Veterans.This project is conceived & coordinated by Drew Matott former director of Green Door Studio in Burlington, Vermont and Drew Cameron current director of Green Door Studio and a Iraq War Veteran and member of IVAW.


These are the stories of the soldiers—the Marine, the man, and the women—journeys through the military service and across the world within a time of war.


Volume I was made from uniforms worn in Iraq by former Navy Corpsman Chanan Suarez-Diaz, former United States Marine Corps Infantryman Cloy Richards, and former United States Marine Corps Corporal Matt Howard.


Volume II is made with uniforms of Chanan Suarez-Diaz, Jon Micheal Turner, Adrienne Kinne, Drew Cameron, Cloy Richards, Matt Howard, Eli Wright, Nate Lewis, Mike Blake, and Phil Aliff.


Volumes I, II, and III are out of print, Volume IV are out of print and other volumes and projects are in production. Tour of Combat Papermakers intermittently travel across the United States, performing and creating artworks in diverse communities bringing together Iraq war veterans and the general public in a creative act of dissent, education, healing, peace activism, and reconciliation. In 2009 a Combat Paper tour also traveled through England and Ireland.


"It began with the Warrior Writers Project, a way for us, Iraqi Veterans Against the War (IVAW) to express ourselves outside of public discourse or organized protest. The method was derived and built from the inspiration of previous work; much in the same way that our current struggles resonate with the trials of previous generations. Facilitated workshops that create a space to be heard as well as to listen, a community that works to uncloister our thoughts and continue with the reconciliation is the model.

"In our unveiling of the first compilation of Warrior Writers, Move, Shoot and Communicate, in April 2007, we incorporated performance and visual arts. The creative need, within those who have experienced such tragedy, flows uncontained when able to embrace this reclamation of experience. In this process, we make with it our own. Creating handmade paper editions and facilitating papermaking, with my fellow veterans, eventually led to the inspiration of Drew Matott, to use our combat uniforms. The story includes the fiber, the blood, sweat & tears, and the months of hardship & brutal violence are held within those used uniforms. The uniforms often inhabit the backs of closets or boxes in the attic. Reclaiming this symbol of subordination and of warfare & service into something beautiful is all of our inspiration. Eight different veterans have donated their uniforms for this work. All eight uniforms are now combat paper and twelve different veterans have been involved in making the paper by pulping these uniforms. We do this work at People’s Republic of Paper in Burlington, VT and Saint Lawrence University in Canton, NY.”

—Drew Cameron


Collections of: Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA; Lafayette College, Easton, PA; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Scripps College, Claremont, CA; Fine Arts Galleries, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Recent Exhibitions, 2007, “Mutanabbi Street: An Exhibition of Broadsides”, San Francisco Center for the Book, curator Kathleen Walkup, Director of the Book Arts Program at Mills College.


Combat Paper project is coordinated by Drew Matott and Drew Cameron.

Visit Green Door Studio's Combat Paper webpages.

Visit Combat Paper's movie website.

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