Elissa’s Super Happy Paper Fix

Oh baby, I finally got my paper fix. I have been craving paper for weeks and sadly, haven’t acted on it until today.

Earlier this afternoon, I took a trip out to East Topsham, VT to visit Langdell Paper. Driving out to Richard Langdell’s studio is quite tricky and my usual route proved to be quite a challenge. Initially I thought I’d be 10-15 minutes early, but then I hit the dirt road portion of my journey.

I know that this is going to sound overly dramatic, but I’m telling you, Willey Hill Road tried to kill me today.

If you’ve never been on a dirt road in Vermont during mud season, it is not for the faint of heart. Lumpy, rut-riddled, and gooey are only a few of the words I can use to describe this drive.

But it was so worth the drive.

Handmade papers by Richard Langdell

Richard has been making paper for about a gazillion years. I first became aware of his paper when I worked at Paper Source in Cambridge, MA. His paper is sold throughout the country and is used by many artists, designers, and other paper artisans. I consider him a paper rock star.

When I moved to Vermont and found out that his studio was here, I couldn’t believe it. Richard makes every studio visit worthwhile – he clearly has a passion for his craft and it shows in his paper.

So I came out of today’s visit with 28 sheets of paper, 17 of which will be used for a custom invitation order. I’ve been buying Langdell paper for a number of years, so I decided to go into my paper drawers to see how big my stash is.

I have 96 sheets of his paper, not including what I bought today. I can’t tell if I should consider this an accomplishment or be embarrassed that I haven’t used it all yet.

This brings me to the following confession: I love piles of things. As you can see from my choice of photos, I love how things look when there are multiples of them, organized in neat stacks.

Handmade papers by Richard Langdell

I wish I could say that I am the queen of organized stacks in my studio. More often than not, I implement use of the disorganized traveling pile (a highly-specialized pile that gets moved every time you need to make room for something else).

Geez, just look at those piles of paper, sitting in the sun all happy and pile-y. Yum.

Papers by Richard Langdell

Richard told me that he’s hoping to sell his papermaking business. I wish him the best. I hope that the person who takes on this adventure will run it will as much love as Richard does.

And it will make this bookbinder happiest if it is kept in Vermont, even happier if it’s in Montpelier.

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