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Breaking The Deckle, Using the Paper Arts for Social Action & Art Therapy

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United Church of Espanola

137 Sheppard Street

Espanola, ON P5E 1A2

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Since the invention of paper by the Chinese two thousand years ago, papermaking has traversed the globe, with each culture adapting it's different fibers, tools and techniques. The 19th century industrialization of papermaking processes pulping trees, almost completely eradicated the varied and unique process that exicted across the globe.

The 21st-century marks a new era for papermaking: the portable, pedal powered papermaking studio.

Peace Paper Project has used the new portable model to help bring traditional and contemporary practices back to communities, specifically designing community based papermaking studios that use the paper arts for healing and community empowerment.

Since 2011, Peace Paper has helped launch over 40 studios across the globe; in Australia, India, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Germany, UK and throughout the USA. Peace Paper Project returns from it's latest international tour, establishing studios in Ukraine for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress and Germany for Syrian immigrants.

Drew Matott will discuss how he became involved with the paper arts and the genesis of his many community papermaking programs, including Green Door Studio, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Papermaking as Art Therapy and Panty Pulping.

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