May 3, 2015



Upcoming Events

May 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Gold Star Family Monument Ground Breaking Ceremony

Please join us for the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument, on the grounds of the Vietnam Era Museum.

http://www.njgoldstarfamilymonument.org/

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May 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm NJ Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day Ceremony

May 7 was created by legislation in 1991 as a unique day in New Jersey to honor all those who served in the military during the Vietnam Era.

May 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm Combat Paper Project Workshop

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Partnering with Combat Paper NJ, the NJVVMF will host a one-day paper and art making workshop in the parking lot of the Vietnam Era Museum.

Please pre-register for this free event by contacting Sarah Hagarty (shagarty@nvvmf.org). We are accepting registration from ANY Veteran or Service Member (and their families/support systems) no matter age or military experience, all are welcome to participate.

The story of the fiber, the blood, sweat and tears, the months of hardship and brutal violence are held within those old uniforms. The uniforms often become inhabitants of closets or boxes in the attic. Reshaping that association of subordination, of warfare and service, into something collective and beautiful is our inspiration.

Drew Cameron, 2007

About Combat Paper Project

Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born.

Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.

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. Combat Paper is made possible through the collaborative effort of artists, veterans, volunteers, colleges and universities, art collectors, cultural foundations, art spaces, military hospitals and installations.

Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, we are broadening the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare. The work also generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war.

To learn more about this program and Combat Paper Project visit these sites:

http://www.printnj.org/combat-paper/

http://www.combatpaper.org/