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Japanese Stab Binding After making lots of peace paper with military uniforms, sentimental clothing and other cotton fabrics, it's time to create something meaningful. Some of our participants choose to make journals or photo books. For that, Paper Bridges teaches them the basic Japanese Stab Bind.
Papermaking Fact #121 Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials such as papermaking. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials.  
Papermaking Fact #4 Reclaiming fabric from a sentimental item and transforming it to paper/art is cathartic! Humans tend to hang onto things.  Some would argue it's in our DNA. If it's got sentimental value, we simply can't seem to part with it. Often times that results in accumulated clutter. However, sometimes, people hang onto things simply because they don't know how to let go.
Papermaking Fact #14 The Combat Paper Project was a project formed to help veterans cope with past experiences in the war. It was based out of the Green Door Studio in Burlington, Vermont in the United States. Their processes include making paper out of their old uniforms to then create art on them as well as many other creative outlets for them to connect to fellow veterans. They have exhibits and workshops available to further expand their knowledge as well as connect on a more national level with others.
Papermaking Fact #87 The Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój -- a museum of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Selfgovernment located in Duszniki-Zdrój in Poland, founded in 1968 in an old 17th century paper mill on the Bystrzyca Dusznicka river.
Papermaking Fact #112 A Deckle is a belt used along with a mold to gather up woodpulp from a vat for pressing and drying into sheets. It helps to control the size of the paper produced. Paper with a feathered or soft edge is often said to have a "deckled" edge for this reason (as opposed to a cut edge).

Compassion Takes Center Stage

hope and compassion

With the help of artists, professionals and a local paper mill, individuals who have experienced conflict, trauma, the loss of a loved one, or for reasons they can't quite put their finger on, can find peace, hope and compassion as they transform fabric items of sentimental value into peace paper and create works of art through the ancient processes of papermaking and bookbinding.

Paper Bridges offers its participants an opportunity to convert memories, good and bad, into creative items they can proudly showcase, oftentimes bridging pain with compassion and hope.


Art Therapy

Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to: foster self-expression, create coping skills, manage stress, and strengthen sense of self.  Art therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief & loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse, and more (Art Therapy Alliance).


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