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We will be delighted to welcome Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan of Peace Paper at the end of February. See the event page for details of how you can participate.

The original initiative, ‘Combat Paper’, started as a partnership between artists and US war veterans who, in shredding and pulping their service uniforms, were able directly to bring forth a medium – paper – that was readily accessible to being formed, printed or written on, processing and transforming difficult experiences and memories.

Building on Combat Paper’s many positive results, the ‘Peace Paper’ team now travels around the US and elsewhere around the world engaging a broad range of participants coping with trauma including ex-servicemen and women, victims of domestic or sexual abuse, and those with family issues such as separation or care responsibilities, and importantly, seeks to enact this activity within the local community facilitating discussions around the wider issues involved.

Its success is attributable to a number of factors:

  1. The making process does not appear highly technical or overtly therapeutic, but provides a straightforward and physical means of addressing past experience, forming new perspectives and building a sense of achievement.
  2. The process is of its nature collaborative, involving different stages, and natural breaks.
  3. Paper can be further developed through drawing, folding, writing, painting, tearing or cutting into books, artworks, posters and objects, within each process an opportunity to add, change or remove significance and meaning.
  4. The presence of trained art therapy practitioners, as well as artists, as part of the team means that participants who experience the powerful emotions and memories that sometimes arise can be supported and accepted in an informed and sensitive manner.

Peace Paper gives voice to the pulp of İstanbul – Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news.


Welcome to the Observer Effect Website.
We are a not-for-profit organisation to communicate about & promote understanding ∓ use of visual art in therapy, social work, rehabilitation & education.
We are especially interested in innovations in therapeutic applications of photography/digital film,
extending accessibility to art-therapy based work for families,
creating self-help tools for rural & isolated individuals & groups.

2008 the observer effect conference

Our launch event hosted by Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, Moray, Scotland. Innovations in use of the captured image (photography, digital story & art) in Social work & Therapy.
Special Guest Presenters: Colleagues Dr. Alexander Kopytin, Dr. Elena Svyistovskaya & Nadezhda Naumenko, working in art therapy & psychiatry in the Russian Federation shared about their work.

The links at the top of the page will provide you will all the relevant information. Feel free to contact us at: