VA to host uniforms to paper workshop

IRON MOUNTAIN –The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program announces a series of workshops on Sept. 11 and 12 featuring artist Drew Cameron, of Combat Paper, who will help participants convert donated military uniforms into handmade paper.

Individual workshops will be held 9 to 11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 12, in the medical center’s outpatient waiting area. A third session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday in the outdoor pavilion behind the facility.

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the VA medical center’s Suicide Prevention Program encourages Veterans and all those who support veterans to seek out opportunities to make connections with one another. One of those opportunities can be found in participating in the meaningful experience of transforming something worn in military service into a piece of art.

Combat Paper is a workshop process that transforms military uniforms into handmade paper and is led by veteran Drew Cameron. The handmade paper can be created into prints, books and artwork that carries with it the experiences of military service in the transformed woven threads, repurposed into paper. Combat Paper is based in Iowa and has been facilitating workshops across the country for over a decade. Their work is archived in numerous public collections and libraries throughout the United States including the Library of Congress. www.combatpaper.org

Workshops are reserved for veterans, hospital guests, and staff. Uniform donations are also being accepted. For more information or to donate uniforms, contact Sharon Anastas at (906) 774-3300 ext. 32541 or Sharon.Anastas@va.gov.