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Domtar Paper, makers of Cougar and the PaperBecause campaign, made a scene at this year's SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. The SXSW interactive, film and music festival celebrates all things digital and is one of the largest interactive conferences in the world. In the middle of this, Domtar Paper made a statement, much to the joy of the attendees. They created a "Paper Hotspot" with rugs, couches, sketchbooks, and reading material. Paig Goff, Domtar's VP of sustainable business and brand management had this to say about the hotspot:

"We wanted to be at South by Southwest because that’s where you always see some of the most creative ideas from some of the sharpest minds, and it was interesting to see how people responded to the Paper Hotspot. No matter what people were working on, and no matter how fast they were working, this reinforced the studies that show whether you’re an executive or a millennial, people prefer to read on paper, and it’s faster to read on paper. We thought the Paper Hotspot would be a fun, new way to highlight a key message. Even after 2,000 years, paper has a place, even more so in a digital age—it remains a purposeful, personal and environmentally responsible communication medium."

Take a look. It stole the show.



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It's sorta like the chocolate or vanilla thing. Do you like mustard or ketchup? When looking for a 100% cotton sheet - printers, letterpressers and designers have definite favorites. It's either Neenah, Crane's LETTRA or Reich's SAVOY. Whichever one you prefer, Olmsted-Kirk has you covered by stocking both sheets! You can choose the soft linters of LETTRA or the subtle but crisp folding properties of SAVOY. And each of these sheets are offered in weights well over 200 Double Thick Cover for great heft. LETTRA goes up to a 220 DTC and SAVOY hits the roof with a 236 DTC. Haven't made up your mind which one is right for you and your project? Let us break down each sheet for you. Both of them are equally lovely for each of their unique attributes.


Savoy's strong formulation, yet soft flexibility allow for strikingly clean, crisp folding, blind embossing, foil stamping and engraving. And it's gorgeous with standard four color. Savoy 80 Text and 92 Cover are certified for use on Kodak NexPress digital presses. Savoy, Brilliant White, 118 Cover has been used successfully on many HP Indigo presses though not certified because it is too thick for certification. Savoy is tree free and made from 100% recovered cotton from the textile industry. It is archival, acid free, recyclable, biodegradable, and elemental chlorine free. Users who love Savoy say its surface allows for crisper ink jet printing or handwritten, ink calligraphy and it doesn't show the cotton linters when folding.


Tough yet fluffy. Lettra is unsized and uncalendared which leaves the fibers relatively uncompacted, giving the sheet an extra bulky feel. Lettra has the feel of fabric and the look of handmade art paper. And while it is engineered to stand up to the great pressures of letterpress printing, it performs equally well with offset lithography; engraving; stamping; and inkless processes such as embossing, debossing, or die-cutting. Lettra is made from cotton linters—a byproduct of the cotton industry that is recognized by the EPA as recovered fiber. Not only are these fibers environmentally responsible, they can be recycled with traditional paper. Users who love Lettra say it feels like fabric and the envelopes are bulkier.

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It's here! The Strathmore Premium paper swatch. It combines a chip chart of colors with a full waterfall of textures and weights that you can touch and feel. The swatchbook accordian-folds into a compact size that fits neatly into a No. 10 envelope. Great when you need to mail to a client or stash in your messenger bag for a presentation. The entire back panels hold a cross-reference chart that gives you sheet size, texture and color availability. Here's the skinny on Strathmore Premium, in case you need a refresher - Concept, Expressions, Cambric, Pastelle, Grandee, Strathmore Writing and Mohawk Ultrafelt have been combined into this line of papers. Now, you'll see these papers as finishies - Supersmooth, Smooth, Wove, Cambric, Enhance, Pinstripe, Pastelle, Ultrafelt and Grandee. The color palette has gorgeous pale hues, midtone neutrals to deep, saturated shades. Contact your O-K representative for your copy. We're happy to get one to you.

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