Updated: Apr 25, 2022
Featured on pages 142–149 of Our Story Magazine • Spring 2022 • Issue No.2
It's an honor to introduce you to Lauren te Velde and to share her story about Paper Farm Press.
Lauren creates handmade letterpress cards, stationery, and art prints on a California homestead. From her farm to your home, she delivers faith-based pieces that encourage, inspire, and help you give the gift of handwritten notes in a busy, modern world.
It was a love of paper, print, and design, mixed in with her farm roots and faith that created what is now known as Paper Farm Press.
Lauren credits her unique and timeless style to her two antique letterpress machines named Willa and Heidi. The craft of letterpress adds a level of artisanship you can physically see and feel with its one-of-a-kind impression resulting in crisp, timeless prints. From her seasonal sets to meaningful messages, this attention to detail carries into every aspect of her business.
Handmade Letterpress stationery, straight from the farm. Sown in faith, gathered in joy, shared in love...to cultivate community.
Continue below, as Lauren shares more of her story with us about Paper Farm Press.
Connect with Lauren online: PAPERFARMPRESS.COM Instagram @paperfarmpress
Excerpt from page 142-149 of Our Story Magazine: Spring 2022.
Much like quarterly farming seasons, Paper Farm Press releases “in season” stationery sets. Lauren and her husband are both third-generation farmers, with both sets of grandparents immigrating from the Netherlands. The physical print shop is located in Kingsburg, California, nestled in the middle of her farm, which Lauren is inspired by every day. In fact, over 2/3rds of the nation’s fruit is grown in Central California!
Faith is at the core of everything the farm dos, which is why you’ll see words of Scripture on many of her pieces. Lauren also loves a good pun, and the curated cards and prints in each collection vary from fun and catchy sayings for birthdays and friendship, to words of gratitude, encouragement, and inspiration. All the cards were created to help others spread the gift of kindness through a thoughtful, handwritten note. Paper Farm Press truly encompasses their message: letterpress stationery straight from the farm. Sown in faith, gathered in joy, shared in love…to cultivate community.
The art of letterpress
The craft of letterpress adds a level of artisanship you can feel. And it’s that deep, yet simple attention to detail that Paper Farm Press brings to every aspect of the business. Letterpress is a unique, century-old relief printing art that presses a photopolymer plate into paper to create a one-of-a-kind impression. The result is a crisp, timeless print.
Meet Willa! She is Lauren’s Chandler and Price letterpress machine. She’s great for all jobs, but especially handmade, deckled paper. She can handle the texture and irregular edges like a pro! She’s about 80 years old, and every card is hand-fed through the press.
Join the paper farm club
Discover fresh inspiration for each season. Get a new bundle of fresh Paper Farm goods every quarter. Each box has a unique theme with original artwork inspired by the local farms here in Kingsburg, California. Always have beautiful cards on hand for sending notes of encouragement. Make it easier to memorize your favorite verses with scripture prints, and celebrate the simple joys in life with surprise gifts in each box!
Each box is filled to the brim with:
Six unique letterpress greeting cards
1 5x7 “How to farm to feed the world” art print
1 recipe card
1 Bible verse sticker
1 scripture engraved ballpoint pen
A surprise gift to match the theme of the season!
Subscriptions are the only way to get boxes at a discount, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! After you order, you will be shipped the current season’s box within 3-5 days and then you’ll get a new box every season at the beginning of May, August, November, and February, accordingly. You can also order the year subscription with an auto cancel option.
More about Lauren of Paper Farm Press below!
Lauren is a self-taught graphic designer and letterpress printer who inspires others to learn about farming through stationery products. All artwork is inspired by farms located within a 5-mile radius of her studio and is deeply rooted in faith, which is why you’ll find scripture on many of her pieces. She loves going to work every day and creating beautiful stationery and art for you!
Farmer’s wife turned printmaker, mama to four, and saved by grace, Lauren believes:
In expressing gratitude for each day’s blessings
That we can use our gifts to build relationship and community
In pursuing your dreams and working hard to achieve them
True art requires both perfection and grace
That we were created to create
Small acts of kindness make a big difference
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Lauren and Paper Farm Press!
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Connect with Lauren online.
Women serving women—this is how we build community.
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