Rhody Gem: February 2020

Paper Connection International, LLC – East Side Monthly

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We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it!

 

What it is:

Since 1995, Paper Connection International, LLC has been an essential paper resource for both artists and connoisseurs of specialty papers. More than just a supplier, their expert staff consult, educate, design, and create. They pride themselves in offering unique papers handcrafted from sustainable fibers by traditional craftspeople.

 

Where to find it:

A nondescript former jewelry factory on Doyle Avenue, between Hope and Camp Streets, houses the paper warehouse/showroom, located on the second floor above C&K Electric. While they don’t maintain regular hours, individuals or small groups can book appointments for a more personalized experience. 

 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Founder Lauren Pearlman Sugita and staff delight in hearing patrons say of the business, “It’s a candy shop for artists,” or “I’ve learned so much about paper that I never knew!” With over 1,500 different papers, its likeness to a candy store feels apt – their selection features traditionally worked, artisanal papers from Japan, Korea, India, and other origin countries. “There are fewer younger generations interested in producing these beautiful testaments of history and culture,” Lauren says, which is why her team is dedicated to reviving fiber and pulp techniques through history lessons, workshops, and glimpses of papermaking processes.

 

166 Doyle Avenue, 2nd Floor