Our Team

Your paper is handmade by a small group of dedicated and talented students who believe in hard work, beautiful paper, and and a better future through economic and environmental sustainability. They are undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois who not only hand pull sheets of corn, soy, or prairie grass paper, but also plant, weed, and harvest them on the sustainable student farm. The paper is made by students and funded by students via The Student Sustainability Committee.

 

 
 
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Eric Benson - Co-Founder

Eric is a sci-fi loving, tree-hugging nerd from Michigan who is also the Chair of the University of Illinois Graphic Design Program. He co-founded Fresh Press in 2012 and has been running his 501(c)3 non-profit Re-nourish since 2006. 

Veronica Steffen - Studio Manager

Veronica specializes in painting and handmade crafts–from handlettering, illustration to authentic and unique card packaging. She believes in the value and quality of handmade goods and the creation of something in a variety of styles, and mediums.