“We began making paper on our honeymoon, 26 years ago … Since then, the pursuit of paper has led us on many adventures, traveling by bike, train, and rental car to hand-papermills in France, England, the Czech Republic, and Japan.”
Jennifer and Ron Rich, NSS exhibitors and founders, Oblation Papers & Press (pictured with their first letterpress in 1994)
We began making paper on our honeymoon, 26 years ago … blending sea pods and grasses into a rough, earthy handmade paper which we sold through the Eugene Saturday market. Since then, the pursuit of paper has led us on many adventures, traveling by bike, train, and rental car to hand-papermills in France, England, the Czech Republic, and Japan.
After buying our first letterpress in 1994, we made the big break to the National Stationery Show in New York City, which has continued to be a primary market for our wholesale letterpress goods.
Oblation Papers & Press opened an old-world stationery shop in Portland’s Pearl District in 1998. Here the hand-papermaking studio and letterpress print shop are on view to customers, along with a nice supply of refurbished typewriters, a colorful spinning wheel of ribbons, a gift wrap toppings bar, and the finest papers from around the world.
Raising our daughters on a small farm west of Portland, Ron’s landscape design reads like industrial art, with circular galvanized garden beds, revamped chicken coop, and tight fencing for our horses, chickens, sheep and goats which we harvest for dinner (not the horses, they’re for fox hunting!)
The stationery life has been a good one so far. With an incredible staff of 20, and now our two teenage daughters helping with production and shows, we are blessed to be surrounded by a community that deeply cares, and a new generation of paper lovers who appreciates the process of making by hand.