When I was young my cousin Freddy used to come to our house any time he was on leave in Key West. Freddy was about ten years older than me and it would puff me up as he came through the door in his Navy uniform. He looked so handsome with his jet black hair against all that white.
He would take me with him on the bus to downtown Miami. Cousin Freddy bought me that first “hot fudge sundae.” Oh yuuum, to this day it’s my favorite.
I baked my first cake just for Freddy; it was a square marble cake. He said it was delicious, but I’m not sure. The cake was gone when I went to get a piece. That’s the way it is with seven kids in the house.
We lost touch after Freddy moved to New York. Still, I wonder what he would think of the vets turning their uniforms into works of art. Knowing him, Freddy would join the exhibit.
Photos: Lou Ponsi—Orange County Register
For the “Combat Paper” exhibit, military veterans converted uniforms into a canvas; which was used to create artwork
This art is titled “We are All Free Now,” it was made from Iraqi currency. It’s one of dozens created by military veterans and on display at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
The pulp is pressed into sheets of paper which become the canvas.
When held to the light, you can see fibers from the military uniform that was converted into a canvas and then used to create art for the “Combat Paper” exhibit.
Have any ideas what you would create with a uniform?
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