CCAC to host Combat Paper artist

Opening reception, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

PHOTO PROVIDED An example of Nathan Lewis’s work.

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Arts Council will be hosting Nathan Lewis, a Combat Paper artist, as a part of The Station Gallery’s Invitational Artist Series.

The gallery will open on July 12 with a reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Readings of the written word from Warrior Writers by Kevin Basl will be performed during the reception.

The exhibit itself will be open to the public from July 12 to Aug. 3.

Combat Paper transforms military uniforms into handmade paper.

Combat Paper artists believe in this simple yet enduring premise that the plant fiber in rags can be transformed into paper.

“A uniform worn through military service carries with it stories and experiences that are deeply imbued in the woven threads. Creating paper and artwork from these fibers carries these same qualities,” Combat Paper’s website reads.

“We have found that all of us are connected to the military in a myriad of ways. When these connections are discovered and shared it can open a deeper understanding between people and expand our collective beliefs about military service and war,” it continues.

Combat Paper combines contemporary printing techniques with traditional papermaking to create their work.

This project was formed in 2009 by Drew Matott, John LaFalce, Lee S. McDonald and Scott Meeker to help veterans cope with experiences in war. It was originally based out of the Green Door Studio in Burlington, Vermont before becoming nationwide.

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To learn more about Combat Paper visit www.combatpaper.org.