Peace Paper Project

Peace Paper Project/Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher

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Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence: October 1–6

Peace Paper Project is an international community-arts initiative that utilizes traditional paper making as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. Through workshops that incorporate hand paper-making, writing, bookmaking, and printmaking, participants collaborate to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art that tell personal stories and facilitate mutual understanding and healing. Since 2011, Peace Paper Project has conducted more than two hundred workshops worldwide in conjunction with community leaders, mental health professionals, and art therapists. They have helped launch twenty studios that use paper making as a form of healing and community engagement.

All events take place at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Free parking is available in the parking garage across the street.

Sunday, October 1

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Pedal Power demonstration and paper clothing demo (Learning Commons)

Push bike pedals to power the paper pulper and peruse Peace Paper Project paraphernalia.

7:00 p.m. Opening Program: Peace Paper Project and the Fiber Circuit (South Rec Room)

Peace Paper Project transforms significant articles of clothing and other plant fibers into paper, using papermaking as trauma therapy and community activism. They are now also branching into a new direction, transforming paper into clothing. In the process, they are looking at the life cycle of clothing, from plant fibers to design and production, and following the pathways of waste that are ending the fiber cycle. How do fibers become fashion and how can we challenge the injustices of the clothing industry?

Come to this introduction to their current projects and stick around to make paper and to make small bags out of handmade paper.

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (drop in anytime)  –  Make paper and small bags out of paper (In front of Allen Hall)

Monday, October 2

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Clothing swap, sewing machine demonstrations, and hand papermaking using old rags and plant material (In front of Allen Hall)

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Nepalese papermaking and make a vest out of handmade paper! (In front of Allen Hall)

Use mulberry fibers to make giant sheets of beautiful paper. Use the paper to make clothes or wall art.

Tuesday, October 3

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Clothing swap, sewing machine demonstrations, and hand papermaking using old rags and plant material (In front of Allen Hall)

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Nepalese papermaking and make a shirt out of handmade paper! (In front of Allen Hall)

Use mulberry fibers to make giant sheets of beautiful paper. Use the paper to make clothes or wall art.

Wednesday, October 4

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Clothing swap, sewing machine demonstrations, and hand papermaking using old rags and plant material (In front of Allen Hall)

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Nepalese papermaking and make a dress or pants out of handmade paper! (In front of Allen Hall)

Use mulberry fibers to make giant sheets of beautiful paper. Use the paper to make clothes or wall art.

Thursday, October 5

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (drop in anytime) – Clothing swap, sewing machine demonstrations, and hand papermaking using old rags and plant material (In front of Allen Hall)

7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Finish projects and fashion show with light refreshments. (South Rec Room)

Bring your creations or just yourself.