by Madeline Lynch - July 2019
This July, CAES collaborated with here there and EVERYwhere (htE), a New York City based nonprofit, to share papermaking practices. htE is a repurposed goods platform that provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenues for creative expression.
This CAES created paper making workshop titled "Self-Love Letters" was specifically designed for participants to use the paper making process as an opportunity for self-reflection and to instill practices of self-care, compassion, and self-love. The participants discussed in circle the meaning of self-care and helpful practices of self-love and care that can be incorporated into the daily life. This discussion was paired journaling and deeper self-reflection. Hand-made paper was then produced by recycling these journal entries and adding medicinal flower petals to the pulp mix to create a symbolic and energetically infused art object of self-love and compassion.
This process displayed a material transformation using the recycled paper making process and participants left the workshop feeling fulfilled, confidant, and with an in hand reminder of the day shared together filled with love.
SDGs in this activity:
#12 Responsible consumption and production; #17 Developing partnerships