Pulp & Deckle

American Made Since 2012

Jennifer J. Woodward & Gary A. Hanson

Portland, Oregon
Pulp & Deckle is a working paper studio in Portland, OR. We are dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of handmade papermaking.

Tell us about your business.

From humble beginnings in our home basement, Pulp & Deckle became a reality after a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign in fall 2012. We raised money to purchase studio equipment and started honing our craft. Our papers require lots of pulp, water, and patience. We pride ourselves on creating quality, eco-conscious paper goods with an unusual bent. It's important to us that papermaking is a sustainable art and craft form that is tree-free. Our online retail shop highlights a rotating selection of items such as a monthly paper subscription, cards, prints, marbled papers, shadow puppets, beer papers, and original prints & drawings. We will continue to grow our retail line to include Portland themed squirrel & bear items (our mascots), custom special event menus, and more. As a relatively new business we're motivated to get the word out about our products & workshops. We enjoy doing custom work & hope to do more. In the next year we aspire to work full-time at the studio.

What makes your business stand out?

Making paper by hand is a labor of love. While anyone can learn how to do it, much of the equipment needed to create specialty papers is either cost prohibitive, messy, and/or large. At Pulp & Deckle we provide studio access to artists, crafters, and art enthusiasts in order to carry on the papermaking tradition. Via both education and retail product sales we hope to increase awareness of how handmade paper is created and highlight its role as a sustainable craft. Our papers are made from materials such as 100% post-consumer waste papers (like shredded office paper), plants (like flax), and natural clothes fibers (like cotton). It's important to us that our business remains eco-friendly while focusing on the fine craft and traditions of both Western and Eastern styles of papermaking. In our workshops we teach others how to make their own one-of-a-kind papers that are unique to their maker.

What's the best business advice you've received?

To not let fear hold you back! It's easy to say you're not ready, that you don't have enough money, etc. It's easy to think of a millions reasons to be afraid of success and to not even try. It's hard to take the leap and have faith that your love of what you are doing will shine through and carry you towards success. No fear!

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