This design originates in Italy to at least the 18th Century. Variations can be found throughout Europe and through the Centuries. Papers like this would be printed one at a time on a hand press on hand carved wooden blocks. The block would have been inked with a thin paste-based ink, the paper laid on top, and the pressure applied would be from a barren or a muller. Our block printed papers use archival oil-based inks and are placed in a press. Essentially the process is the same, with a few alterations. They are printed by hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We are transitioning to using Canal Papers from St. Armand Papeterie in Montreal, Canada for our block printed notebooks and sheets. One great thing about their paper is that it is made of natural materials, mainly offcuts from the garment industry. They don't use chemicals in their pulping process, so no bleach or stabilizing chemicals. It is made on an old Fourdrinier machine, which is a machine that dates back to the early 1800s and is the basis for papermaking machines to this day. It allows for a continuous web of paper to be produced. This paper is machine made, but because of the all natural cotton pulp, it has a handmade feel.
The pages in this notebook are sourced from French Paper Company, a family run company in Niles, Michigan. They are a pioneer in recycled paper production, and their mill is powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators installed in 1922 ( saving over one million barrels of fossil fuel to date). They make their green energy on-site. They also produce surplus energy for use by the local community. French paper has the smallest carbon footprint in the industry.
Labels are hand-stamped in house.