Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. Across the globe, artists and crafters armed with traditional materials like yarn, glue guns, quilt patterns, sewing needles, X-ACTO knives, and other tools are using their hands to protest social and political inequalities and injustices.
The time spent on these works shows the dedication to creating pieces that evoke emotion and promote discussion. By sharing ideas expressed through the work of their hands, these artists and crafters aim to make you think, explore and take note.
MODA’s Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism exhibition will explore this movement. It will also invite all visitors to get involved by making something that makes a difference.
This exhibition is curated by Betsy Greer, author of Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism.
California State University Summer Arts
Drew Cameron for the first section of the course Papermaking and Artist Books and
Lesley Dill http://www.lesleydill.net/
more information and how to apply:
Course Coordinator Michelle Rozic
July 2 to July 15, 2018
April 30, 2018
- Learn to make handmade paper and explore concept development, language, and symbols as you transform the paper into an artist book.
- Learn rag papermaking, from cutting rags and beating fiber in a Hollander beater, to rendering pulp and forming sheets.
- See your drawings, photographs, or computer-generated imagery imbedded in paper through creating custom stencils to pulp print imagery directly into the paper as the sheets are formed.
- Explore paper manipulation techniques such as staining, cutting, and sewing, as you add to and alter your handmade paper.
- Learn handmade artist book-binding techniques as you assemble your handmade paper into books.
- Investigate concept development, including sequencing, combining image and text, and symbolism, through class discussions and individual critiques.
- Display your work in a public student showcase exhibition.
Full Course Listing for CSU Summer Arts 2018:
Paper Tiger - An exploration of paper as a contemporary medium for expression. Collage, books, origami, painting, drawing, pulping, photos, construction, masks, etc. all made using paper. The most human of all mediums for creation and recording; ubiquitous and humble, paper can be used to make whole worlds. Paper has destroyed whole cultures and preserved others. What is paper in the digital age? Vestigial tool? Fetishized nostalgia object? Flexible and perennial studio standby? These artists answer with their work. Curated by C.K. Wilde www.currencycollage.com
As part of their upcoming exhibition in the former veterans hall building turned fine art museum, monca Museum of Northern California Art will host Combat Paper for a workshop on Saturday April 14th from 11-5pm, event is open to all. There will also be a exhibition of artwork from the Combat Paper catalogue from April 12-May 27th, 2018.
Drew Cameron has a pulp print from the series: Closer To Reality Everyday included in this upcoming exhibition in New York City.
Curated by Sue Gosin and Mina Takahashi, this is the first exhibition IPCNY has presented which focuses on paper, printmaking’s longtime silent partner. It is also the first exhibition in the USA which demonstrates the rich history of American hand papermaking, and the vibrant network of papermakers, printmakers, publishers, and artists who came out of its boom in the 1960s. With works by over 65 artists, the exhibition traces the dynamic cross-pollination that occurred between the fields beginning in the post-war era in the United States that resulted in some of the most innovative works on paper in the 20th and 21st centuries.
My Lai, performed by Kronos Quartet. Community engagement and residency contributions from Drew Cameron of Combat Paper
COMBAT PAPER WORKSHOP – A Workshop with Drew Cameron
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: The Garden Room, 123 E. Washington St. - 2nd Floor
Co-sponsored by The Garden Room
HANCHER PRESENTS – A Conversation with Drew Cameron of Combat Paper
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Iowa Memorial Union, Room 347 - Old Capitol Room (Former Minnesota Room)
Hancher has enjoyed a long and creatively fruitful relationship with both the Kronos Quartet and UI alum Rinde Eckert. For My Lai, the string quartet and the vocalist come together with Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ to lay bare the tragedy of the 1968 massacre at My Lai. The story of the destruction of the village at the hands of American soldiers is told from the perspective of Hugh Thompson, a helicopter pilot who tried to intervene and who was vilified for reporting what he had witnessed.
Jonathan Berger, composer Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist Brian H. Scott, lighting designer
Programming included for My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet and Vietnamese instruments, includes a display of of new work handmade paper artwork by Drew Cameron and discussions with the artists at various events on campus.
FULLY STAGED PRODUCTION Jonathan Berger, composer Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist
It was nearly 50 years ago that American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers at My Lai. Kronos Quartet's fully staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman revisits the horrors of that day and its aftermath, from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger's "richly evocative" and "hauntingly beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle) score blends Rinde Eckert's expressive voice with string quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân-Ành Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues.
Public Forum Sat, Mar 3, 2018 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater, 2120 Oxford Street, Berkeley With the My Lai creative team: composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Harriet Scott Chessman, Drew Cameron of Combat Paper, and performers Rinde Eckert, VÂn-ánh Võ, and David Harrington BAMPFA will present a film series in conjunction with this event. Details to be announced.
The Public Forum is free and open to everyone. BAMPFA films will be ticketed.
Post-performance Talk "Catharsis Café" Sun, Mar 4, 2018 Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine Join us after the performance at the Catharsis Café
We often hear from patrons that discussing what they've just seen or heard immediately following a performance is an important part of the overall experience of attending the performing arts. And a challenging, thought-provoking work such as My Lai is tailor-made to spark interesting discussion and meaningful reflection.
Join us immediately following the performance upstairs on the Mezzanine for an informal discussion with fellow theatergoers over drinks and snacks from the café
Catharsis: the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art. Free to ticket holders. Advance Registration requested.
Free to ticket holders. Advance Registration requested. (opens in January 2018).
Panel Discussion: Kronos Quartet, My Lai at BAMPFA
Kronos Quartet’s collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, My Lai revisits the horrors of the massacre and its aftermath from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot, Hugh Thompson Jr., who tried to intervene. Join Berger, Chessman, Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, vocalist Rinde Eckert, instrumentalist Vân-Ành Võ, and Drew Cameron of the Combat Paper for a conversation in the Barbro Osher Theater. My Lai will be presented by Cal Performances on Sunday, March 4, at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall; for information, visit calperformances.org.
BAMPFA, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
11/11/2017 a set of new works in ceramic by Thomas Orr & Drew Cameron. The series, War Tablets is shared here in depth by Thomas Orr on Oregon Public Broadcast ArtBeat
Ash Street Project is the vision of artists Thomas Orr and Joanna Bloom. It is a creative space that encompasses mentorship, exhibitions, visiting artists and community.
A programme of Singapore International Festival of Arts the Asia-Pacific premiere of My Lai, a mondrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments. Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert & Vân-Ánh Võ Music by Jonathan Berger Libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman
Read More about Combat Paper events as a component of the exhibition and workshops at the National Library and Drama Centre Theatre.
Many of us from the broad and growing network of Combat Paper gathered at the studio of Nathan Lewis of Revival Book Arts and Paper in Trumansburg, NY along with Kevin Basl and a host of others, collaborated, visited and connected through a summer convergence. Some of the voices present for the events can be heard here on the Veteran Art Movement website and podcast: EIGHTY ONE ECHO. Also listen here on Soundcloud.
In collaboration with Madison VA Hospital Combat Paper artwork is now on display on ground floor and 3rd floor of the main building. Two days of workshops throughout the complex and three events open to patients, clients, veterans, family, friends and the community occurred July 2017.
Please join HCCC for a closing program for United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool.
At this event, the public is invited to reflect upon and pay tribute to those who have fallen in service to our country. The program will include the folding of Drew Cameron’s 9.5 x 5: Houston flag, along with readings from Alicia Dietz’s Collective Cadence archives, and a giveaway of Ehren Tool’s cups. Sheets of paper made during the Combat Paper Workshop can also be collected at this time.
Please stop by the HCCC Craft Garden to participate in a free workshop led by United by Hand artist and Combat Paper co-founder Drew Cameron. In this workshop, the public is invited to repurpose donated uniforms and clothing into handmade paper using the 2,000-year-old process of Western hand papermaking.
Participants will form sheets of paper, one-at-a-time, from rendered pulp that will be pressed by hand, then dried. Those who participate should plan to stay for at least one hour. Materials and space will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.
Selected sheets of the finished paper will be put on display in the exhibition gallery and can be collected at the United by Hand Memorial Day Weekend Closing Event on Saturday, May 27.
While the United by Hand exhibition is on view, the public is invited to donate uniforms for this workshop and ongoing project. Visitors are also invited to cut the donated textiles into small pieces in preparation for papermaking. This activity will take place in the main gallery throughout the exhibition.
Stop by the HCCC Craft Garden to watch United by Hand artist Drew Cameron conduct a papermaking demonstration as part of the ongoing Combat Paper initiative. Drawing from the 2,000-year-old tradition of Western hand papermaking, Drew will be repurposing plant-based fibers from donated military uniforms and civilian clothing into handmade paper.
While the United by Hand exhibition is on view, the public is invited to donate uniforms for this demonstration and ongoing project. Visitors are also invited to cut the donated textiles into small pieces in preparation for papermaking. This activity will take place in the main gallery throughout the exhibition.
At the demonstration, Drew will take the small pieces of fiber and feed them into a Hollander Beater, making pulp for a handmade paper flag, 9.5 x 5: Houston, which will be on view in the exhibition as well as at the Combat Paper Workshop held the following day. The flag will serve as a symbol of communal support for the veterans’ population and a pledge of commitment to raising awareness about war. The Combat Paper Demonstration and Workshop will promote an open and accessible atmosphere, in which visitors can share their stories and participate in a dialogue about war at home and abroad.
Through Print Public programs, Kala provides opportunities for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Join us for the Open House on Saturday, March 11, 12-4pm for more events, workshops and activities.
Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) will host Combat Paper for a two day open-enrollment workshop in the student center of the Centennial Campus in Colorado Springs, CO. This workshop is designed to work with art students, student life and the community towards continuing their initiative in using the creative arts as an asset for the large military and veteran community on campus. All materials are provided, all are welcome to attend at any point from 10-4pm each day.
Handmade paper workshops initiated with the Kala Art Institue Print Public Residency Program in collaboration with Planting Justice are ongoing. Combat Paper will create handmade paper and prints at the Planting Justice nursury with staff, volunteers and neighbors.
The SFAC brings together two renowned workshops into one interactive afternoon where participants will creatively transform donated military uniforms into handmade art objects. Learn to make paper from uniforms: dry process in part 1 and wet process in Part 2. Also, learn a single-stitch technique that will have you crocheting in minutes. While working, Iraq War veteran Drew Cameron (Combat Paper) and Ramekon O’Arwisters (Crochet Jam) will lead discussions about life, trauma and transformation. Open to veterans and the general public. Bring a uniform to donate and/or work with provided material.
When: Saturday, February 4, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Where: American Legion Trophy Room (of off the main lobby) War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Drop in anytime during the workshops.
The SFAC brings together two renowned workshops into two interactive afternoons where participants will creatively transform donated military uniforms into handmade art objects.
Learn to make paper from uniforms with the wet process in this second part of a two-part event. Also, learn a single-stitch technique that will have you crocheting in minutes. While working, Iraq War veteran Drew Cameron (Combat Paper) and Ramekon O'Arwisters (Crochet Jam) will lead discussions about life, trauma and transformation.
Open to veterans and the general public. Bring a uniform to donate and/or work with provided material.
This event is part of a series of public programs connected to Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces (November 9, 2016 - March 4, 2017).
Combat Paper will participate in the Fall 2016 Artists & Critics Lecture Series Hosted by the Lewis & Clark College Art and Art History Department in Portland, OR. In addition to the evening lecture there will be a daylong workshop the following day on campus open to students and the community.
Please read about our fundraising campaign that we began in the fall of 2016 after the tour van was stolen. We're Close to complete, just a few more $5, 10, 20 donations as well as sharing with your community. Trying to get the word out is the biggest help we need!
You can read all about it here
Hosted by The Center for the Art of Performace at UCLA, Combat Paper workshops will engage students and the audience as a pre-concert series of events for "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918" a work for string quartet with film by Kronos Quartet. The performance is Friday October 7th, 2016. read more about the project here: http://kronosquartet.org/projects/detail/beyond-zero-1914-1918
Join us from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 17th for a celebration of summer! Participate in a hands on paper-making activity facilitated by Drew Cameron, the artist behind Combat Paper. All materials will be provided and visitors can participate on a drop in and out basis.
In addition, there will be musical performances and workshops, tours, pizza, and beer-tasting! Everyone is welcome and RSVPs are not required. We hope to see you here!
This event is free for veterans and service members and their friends and families.
In collaboration with The Veterans Resource Center at Portland State University and Portland Art Museum, Combat Paper will be facilitating a two-day workshop culminating with the Summer Celebration at the museum. Participants of the workshop will share and record their reflections to be exhibited at the museum.
"The Veterans Resource Center at Portland State University provides comprehensive support for Student Veterans and Service Members to meet their unique academic needs. We also provide Faculty and Administrators with resources and information to support the Student Veteran Community."
Iowa Remembers will be hosting a Combat Paper workshop in April, 2016. Our workshop will be a collaboration with Paws & Effect, which is a non-profit organization that trains and places service dogs with wounded veterans. The workshop is being hosted by the Urbandale Fire Department. Our effort will incorporate a paper-making workshop with families of fallen service members, service dog recipients and civilians. Our goal is to begin to bridge the cultural gaps among civilians and those who serve in uniform. We look forward to honoring these stories with honesty and integrity, and for continuing to find new and compelling ways to remember and celebrate our fellow Iowans.
Indianapolis Combat Paper workshop at Herron School of Art and Design*
Eskenzi Fine Arts Center March 22nd and March 24th from 10am - 4pm.
This workshop coincides with the exhibition 'Riparian Sheets'
*RSVP required by contacting Juliet King email@example.com or 317-278-5466 by March 16th
As a component of the public programming in conjunction with the group exhibition "In Uniform" there will be a public talk and hand papermaking workshop on February 11-12th, 2016. "The clothes we wear prepare us for the circumstances we encounter, identify our roles and position in life, and bear witness to the things we have seen and done. Recognizing the significant weight that clothing can carry, the artists in this exhibition all utilize military uniforms in their artmaking process to tell the stories of American military veterans and explore the experience of war individually, collectively and environmentally." -Mariposa County Arts Council