Our Story

we go against the grain.

At Porridge Papers we've been making handmade paper by hand since 1993. We print by hand too. We’re so good at it, and so well-known for it, that we’ve even spoken at SXSW about the importance of paper in a digital world. We’ve been commissioned to make custom paper for movies like “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and bands like Arcade Fire. We’ve been the subject of a documentary. So, yeah. We know what we’re doing.

 We’re proud to say that all of our paper is locally sourced. It’s made from 100% recycled fibers and 0% harmful chemicals or additives have been introduced.

chapter one.

I’m Christopher James, the founder of Porridge Papers. Believe it or not, this whole thing started as an accident over 23 years ago in my basement. While working at a local art store, I purchased a small papermaking kit and became instantly fascinated by the creative process of papermaking. Over the next few years, as orders started coming in ranging from a single custom sheet to 2.2 million pieces, I was able to turn my hobby into my profession. Porridge Papers was born.

…the ideas are new every time.

We’re capable of all the obvious paper-y type projects you’d expect, like invitations, postcards, and packaging for events, and corporate promotions. But that’s just the beginning. We’ve made stuff you’ve probably never seen before, like hops-infused business cards for a brewery, bacon-scented notebooks, and even paper from shredded US currency (we tried taping it back together. No luck!), not to mention custom paper for lamp shades that had dead bugs embedded into the fibers for that added "cool" effect.

These are just a few of our unique projects. For more, check out our portfolio. Or come on by our studio and talk to us in person. We’ll wash the pulp off our hands before shaking yours.


you print by hand? i don't understand

At Porridge Papers, we don’t just make handmade paper — we print it by hand, too, right here at our facility in Lincoln, NE. We believe our cast-iron letterpress machines — which have been around since Gutenberg’s time — are still the most elegant and dead-sexy way to print. But don’t take our word for it. Check out our gallery here.