Almost 25 years ago, on a short trip to Japan, I visited my first paper store. I don’t recall many details about the shop, except that I was inspired to learn everything I could about handmade paper after that trip. I’d never been in a paper store before, and I’m not sure that there were any in America in 1989 (go ahead, prove me wrong).
Not too long after that trip, Kate’s Paperie opened in NYC, where I was living. I can picture the street view of the first location (I can’t quite remember where that was (near The New School?)
Soon afterwards I was working at Dieu Donné Papermill in Soho where we were developing unique handmade papers, and around that time, Kate’s began expanded and opened a new location nearby (pictured above).
Today, while there still aren’t paper stores on every corner, I would venture to say that there’s probably some sort of paper supplier in every state (an art supply store, a hobby shop, etc).
Shortly after I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998, Oblation Papers & Press opened their doors (do you see a trend here, maybe the paper stores are following me!) And although I prefer to buy papers in brick and mortar stores (so that I can touch and see them) there are on-line shops that provide those of us who live in remote areas an opportunity to get our paper fix (that is, if we don’t just make all of our own paper).
There are even paper distributors, such as Graphic Products, Shizen Design and Paper Connection International, who import papers from around the world and distribute them through shops in this country. ‘
And of course there are several hand papermakers who sell their papers on-line, at trade fairs and through stores as well. Cave Paper, based in Minneapolis, is one such company.
Where do you shop for paper? I’ve started a pinterest board and would love to add your shops and suppliers to the list. Please leave a comment below to add your favorite places to shop for paper!