ob.la.tion/ o-bley-shuhn : n. a gift or offering
Oblation Papers & Press was founded by husband-and-wife duo, Jennifer and Ron Rich. The couple began selling their handmade paper goods at the Eugene Saturday Market in 1989, printing by letterpress in 1994, then opened their brick & mortar store in Portland's Pearl District in 1998. Since its inception, the store continues to bring handmade papers from around the globe to the local community. We carry a wide assortment of stationery, pens and pencils, notebooks and journals, office supplies, refurbished typewriters, and gifts.
Our space also allows for in-house production of a broad range of house-made paper goods, which we market at trade shows in nyc, paris, tokyo and london, as well as online globally, under the banner of 'oblation papers & press' and the 'hat+wig+glove company'.
We have always been attracted to the benefits and practicality of recycling. In fact, our business has its roots in taking unwanted paper products, converting them back into pulp, and making it into fresh, new paper. In the urban paper mill, we employ traditional techniques to make handmade paper sheets with a 100% cotton, acid-free fiber source by using recycled remnants from the garment industry. Oblation was founded on practicing a green approach and we follow recycling principles that focus on reuse and conservation. Our master papermaker Kalin Stoev leads the handmade paper production process and on most days can be found in the papermaking studio mixing paper pulp, pulling paper, or experimenting.
We have been designing custom wedding invitations and other custom projects for nearly three decades. Our letterpress print shop is home to two antique Chandler & Price clamshell presses and two Heidelberg windmill presses that will likely outlive us all! 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 one at a time into cast iron platen presses. Our process begins with original designs tailored to your occasion. For each order our production staff creates individual plates on location, prints with soy based inks, and finishes every piece by hand. Come see the presses in action through the windows from our retail store into the studio.
We’re thrilled to give back to our community through to the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), Transition Projects, local schools and churches.
Come visit our store to play with the vintage typewriters and say hello to our two lovely parakeets, Claude and Pablo.