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Of The Earth is an environmentally focused handmade paper and hand dyed silk manufacturer. Our logo is an allegory of our idealized world; the people and plants in harmony with the earth in a circular flow of renewal and regeneration through responsibility. Made by hand in Seattle we offer full sheet deckle edge seed papers. If you want handmade, earth friendly, tree free, true environmental responsibility and stewardship; you have found the right company. Making paper one sheet at a time since 1995.

Lotka paper is made from the bark of the Daphne bush which regenerates naturally providing a renewable resource. This paper is acid free and your purchase will benefit the economic enterprise of rural craftspeople in Nepal. All lotka papers and envelopes are 50% recycled content and 100% tree free. Planting this paper will produce flowers if properly cared for.

Our wildflower seed blend contain these flowers: Red Corn Poppy, Corn Poppy, Spurred Snapdragon, Catchfly, English Daisy, Showy Evening Primrose, Gold Yarrow, Roman Chamomile, Tussock Bellflower, Foxglove, Fringed Sagewort, White Yarrow, Red Yarrow, Monkeyflower and Creeping Thyme.

seed paper
Natural 20" x 30" Heavy weight - $4.50
   
Vegetable Dyed Lotka Seed Paper
Aspen Vegetable Dyed Seed Paper
Hemlock Vegetable Dyed Seed Paper
Aspen 20" x 30" Heavy Weight - $5.20
Hemlock 20" x 30" Heavy Weight - $5.20
   
Sequoi Vegetable Dyed Seed Paper
Spruce Vegetable Dyed Seed Paper
Sequoia 20" x 30" Heavy Weight - $5.20
Spruce 20" x 30" Heavy Weight - $5.20
   

 

Tips for Designing with Lotka Seed Paper

The parent sheet is 19” x 29” after the deckled edge is removed. If possible design small items to maximize the parent size. Consider designing for 9.25 x 9.5 press sheet instead of 8.5 x 11.

If possible limit ink coverage, so the color and texture of the paper is visible.

Avoid any tight registration.

Avoid small type and fonts that are fine. The texture of the paper makes it difficult to keep type from breaking up.

If your project requires 4 color process make sure the type is black so a build of four color is not required to produce copy.

The paper has a slight variance in color, so it’s best to make sure the design will still work as the sheet color changes throughout the run.

Printing on Seed Paper

The paper should be run on an offset press that uses a gripper feed system instead of air feed system. The paper varies in weight from sheet to sheet, so inter-leafing or slip-sheet can help on complex projects for feeding. It is best to pre sort the paper for weight inconsistence prior to printing.

The expected run rate is about a 1000 sheet per hour on a small format press.

The paper has unique characteristics within the sheet; sometimes bits of the paper will pull off or have small wrinkles. It’s best to let the end user know that each item may have this appear through out the run and can effect image quality.

Due to the highly absorbent properties of the paper, use a line screen of 150 or lower. It will also help if the ink is slightly thinned.

The paper prints well on letterpress, but should be limited to 2 color.

The stock is expensive, so make ready should be 90% completed on alternate stock.

Bindery on Seed Paper

For best results make sure there is a sufficient gutter between items. The paper is un-even and will not register exactly. Embossing and die-cutting work well, but foiling is not recommended.

We are available from 8am to 6pm pacific time Monday - Friday.

Our email address - ote '@' custompaper.com

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A word about Of The Earth:

Founded in 1995 by Kevin and Lori Graham; two people who shared a passion for each other and a passion for the world around them. Lori had just graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Fiber Arts and Kevin had just left a career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska (both life changing experiences). In planning their own wedding they discovered they enjoyed working together both in making the necessary arrangements for a party for 135 people and while endeavoring to make their invitations. They still have some of the original invitation pieces (and have been surprised to learn over the years which friends hung onto them as well) which included a self mailing reply card (handmade), folding invitation card (handmade with flowers applied to the paper), a folding direction card with map (there were two versions of this as their friends received an email reply request - in 1995!!) and a handmade envelope sealed with wax. This amounted to more then three hundred individually formed sheets of paper made one at a time in their kitchen, dining, and living room (picture a one bedroom, 770sq. ft. condo). The kitchen blender was never to be the same (thank goodness for wedding gifts). On their honeymoon while recounting everything that lead up their big day, they discussed what they wanted out of life and realized that they had an opportunity to make a difference and a living together. In the majority of responses they received on their reply cards there were handwritten notes commenting on how much the invitations were loved (someday we will put scans of these online). They saw that wedding invitations touch so many people and can have an impact in their choice of words, paper and delivery. Lori and Kevin realized that by creating a business that embraces our environment with earth friendly practices and an earth focused product, they could reach even more people if they helped other couples to send green wedding invitations. In the intervening ten plus years their dream has become a reality with more than 1,000,000 people receiving a card or invitation made on paper created by hand with the earth in mind. Of The Earth is proud to continue offering great earth focused products. We are also proud of our efforts to be a low impact business, to encourage our customers to use less paper (we love single envelope invitations and postcard reply cards), to produce paper with recycled/recovered water and to use every practical measure possible to ensure an environmentally responsible workplace. Thank you for sharing our vision.

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