Oblation Papers & Press is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop, hand-bindery and fine paper
boutique, located in Portland’s historic Pearl District. While our paper boutique offers the most beautiful papers, gifts of correspondence and writing instruments from around the world, our letterpress print shop and hand-papermaking studios are on view for visitors to enjoy as they peruse the store.
Our wholesale line of academic, amusing, artisanal paper goods has shown in New York City trade shows for 25 years, and is sold to paper and gift shops internationally, exhibiting at Top Drawer
London, Maison et Objet Paris, and ISOT Tokyo. Our in-house team of designers releases roughly 60 new items annually, inspired by music, quirky conversation, toys, textiles, travel, food, architecture, literature and historical objects.
Ron and Jennifer Rich founded Oblation Papers & Press in 1989. Our products are made exclusively
in Portland, Oregon, adhering to the highest standards, to assure that our products not only look great,
but are lasting and easy to use, as well.
For example, our English Lit perfect-bound ‘Words, Thoughts and Noteworthy Deeds’ journals are not made overseas, but at a local bindery, using a more costly PUR hot chemical process, to assure the books will lay flat for avid journalers, with pages that will never release from their binding. We hand-cut the distressed leather for our Expedition Jounals in our shop, and bind them with handmade paper from our studio.
At Oblation Papers & Press, we employ traditional techniques to make sheets of cotton paper by hand daily, using recycled remnants from the garment industry. Our paper is strong, acid-free and is perfectly suited for our letterpress printing.
Letterpress printing reflects an era of quality and craftsmanship. This historic method of printing uses raised type and images, inked and pressed into the surface of heavy papers. Sheets are fed by hand, one at a time into cast iron platen presses. Some presses in our studio date back over 100 years. For each order our production staff creates individual plates on location and finishes every piece by hand.
Our concerns for conservation affect everything we do. 26 years after our craft beginnings, we are still making paper and following recycling principals. In fact, our business has its roots in taking unwanted paper products, converting them back into pulp, and making that into fresh, new paper. Our fiber source is now 100% cotton, acid-free, and recovered from the garment industry. We use machine-made papers with post consumer waste, soy inks, citrus solvents and wind energy. Our collection of antique presses will likely outlive us all, spinning creative design tangibly forward into the next century!