The GlassBook Project, a creation of artist Nick Kline in collaboration with Helga Luest of Witness Justice, consists of seven collections and 87 books that help build understanding of different human responses to trauma. The project brings together students with survivors, who share their trauma experience and explain how certain behaviors (such as self injury, eating disorders, anger/aggression, substance abuse, changes in relationships and careers, thrill seeking, dissociation, etc) helped them cope. These behaviors, which are frequently labeled as symptoms of mental or other illness, are often a means of survival and resilience. Students are guided to shift perspective from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” From this vantage point of deeper understanding, the students make books that reflect the survivor’s point of view.
Includes the works of Nick Kline, in collaboration with project partner Helga Luest, Witness Justice, and other artists, writers, survivors, students, and community organizations.