Hoosier Heroes: Military uniforms become works of art

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2014) – It’s a unique program that uses art therapy and old military uniforms to make something special for our veterans, and this week that program has come here to Indianapolis, to the Herron School of Art and Design.

It’s called the Combat Paper Project, and that’s exactly what they’re making- paper- made from the fabric in their old uniforms.

“The thing that happens with uniforms is they go in a box or a chest, you might look at them every once in a while (but) the idea that you can take this fabric and really make something useful to share with a larger audience is a great thing,” said Air Force veteran Robert Wessel, a student at IU’s Herron School of Art and Design.

“There’s a creative process that takes place that evokes a feeling of relaxation,” said assistant professor Juliet King. “Taking the military uniform and taking it apart makes it available to create something else out of it.”

Army veteran Drew Cameron came up with the idea – he served in Iraq as a field artillery soldier.

“For me one of the most important things about this project is being able to share a story,” said Cameron. “I’m really interested in that story. What’s the story that’s embodied in the military uniform? It’s lots of stories… and this is yet another conduit to be able to share those experiences with our communities.”

The workshop will continue Friday at Herron.

For more information on the program, click here.

Hoosier Heroes is an Emmy Award-winning segment that focuses on Indiana veterans. View other Hoosier Heroes stories here.


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