Make paper, raise awareness for sexual assault

Panty Pulp class to be held at BluSeed

Two woman make paper from undergarments during a Panty Pulp workshop.

Two woman make paper from undergarments during a Panty Pulp workshop.

— The BluSeed Studios will host a unique art project that has traveled across Europe and the United states as homage to end sexual assault.

A Panty Pulping class, a program created by the Peace Paper Project, will be held at BluSeed Studio, 24 Cedar Street, on June 14 from 3 to 7 p.m.

“I think almost everyone is a little baffled when they hear the name of the project, the word panty is perceived as a dirty or sexualized word but the message of the project has reclaimed the word,” said Margaret Mahan, co-director of Paper Peace Project and Director of the Panty Pulping.

Participants will be transforming underwear into paper, cutting up the delicate fabrics of users choice of undergarments to create unique paper that participants can use to express themselves with any way they like after the class is finished.

“Every underwear has the personality of those who own them, whether you’ve made art before or you consider yourself the furthest thing from an artist, paper making is fun way to express yourself,” said Mahan. “Paper-making was my gate-way art, I started out in Creative Writing and with paper making I instantly felt are was something I could make with my own hands.”

The Panty Pulping Class began last year in Istanbul while Mahan and her partner in Peace Paper Project, Drew Matott were holding therapeutic paper making classes. The pair have since taken the project across America in Vermont, Iowa, New York City, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Mahan and Matott started the Peace Paper Project in 2011 to perpetuate the art of traditional hand paper making by bringing it to vulnerable populations across the globe. Peace Paper works in collaboration with art therapists, universities, art centers, and community participants to establish systems of paper making as self-expression and trauma intervention by engaging individuals with paper making using fibers of special and personal significance.

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