Peace Paper project turns Rags to Resolutions at Moray workshops

A national project that encourages people to take clothing or fabrics they no longer require and turn them into paper is set to hit Moray this month.

The ‘Peace Paper Project’ is currently on a tour of the UK running hand papermaking workshops for the general public.

Members of the public are being invited to bring along significant fabrics or garments which they can then cut up and make into paper pulp – from which they will then be shown how to create sheets of paper.

These can then be turned into works of art using text, paint, photographs or prints – a process that can help to give ‘peaceful resolution’ to anyone who has experienced trauma.

A spokeswoman for Moray Art Centre said: “Whether it’s an old pair of jeans, a uniform, or the family table cloth, every rag has a story to tell.

“Workshops are free of charge and there are specific sessions throughout the week at Findhorn for 11 to 18 year olds, forces personnel, veterans and families, victims of domestic or sexual violence and for any families, communities and individuals.

“Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, who will be running these workshops, initially started their hand papermaking project in the USA as Combat Paper, supporting veterans suffering post traumatic stress disorder and their families.

“They have since developed their workshops to benefit anyone who has experienced trauma, taking them on the road to Europe and beyond as the Peace Paper Project.”

The project will be in Findhorn from Tuesday, February 28 until Saturday, March 1.

Workshops can be booked via the Eventbrite website (search “Peace Paper”), or by telephoning Alison Simpson of Blue Nimbus Limited, who is sponsoring the Findhorn event, on 01542 841063.

All workshops must be booked in advance.

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