Paper shop

For two and a half decades, Paper Connection International, LLC has been one of Rhode Island’s best kept secrets. On September 21st, during DESIGN WEEK RI 2019 they will host an open house/open warehouse for the first time, to introduce themselves to the local community. They are more than just a paper supplier: they consult, educate, design, and create.

This will be a great opportunity for local designers and artists to get a look into Paper Connection’s world of specialty art papers, and to understand how people use them for product, graphic, interior, industrial design, for fine art, and so much more. Through imagery in their mini “museum” (showroom) visitors will be able to learn about the steps involved making paper by hand as it has been made in Japan for centuries.

From 4pm-5pm, local artists and staff will be demo-ing knot tying with mizuhiki -handmade paper string and how a basic sheet of paper is formed by hand from beaten cellulose fiber.

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


Lauren Pearlman Sugita

Lauren Pearlman Sugita has been a paper researcher, provider and educator for close to 30 years. In 1995, she founded Paper Connection International, LLC, a Providence based importer and distributor of specialty art papers. Paper Connection has become an essential paper resource in North America- stocking mainly papers made from sustainable fibers.

Through long experience working with paper, Lauren and her expert staff assist artists, designers and manufacturers with finding a paper match for a diverse range of projects. Paper Connection remains committed to ensure the art of handmade paper is preserved for future generations.

Before entering the business world of paper, Lauren lived in Japan for 4 years, where her love for paper was infused in daily life. Upon returning from Japan, in the early 1990’s, Lauren became art director at a Boston-based , international trading company, where she maintained and marketed a collection of photographs, antique wooden chests, imari-ware, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and washi-(Japanese paper).

Over the years, Lauren has facilitated papermaking events and presented at various schools and art organizations. She has designed exclusive patterns and written many articles on the subject.

She has recently completed the RI Cohort 8 of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program.`