The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio

Des Moines
United States
Currently she is the owner of The Permanent Collection (started in 2007)- a letterpress and design studio focusing on creating custom designs for individuals and corporate clients as, well as retail items located in Des Moines, Iowa. In this day an age of digital dominance, there has been a marked response to her hand-inked, hand-cranked letterpress work. Her letterpress work has been featured in several publications, most recently 1,000 More Greetings: Creative Correspondence for All Occasions (1000 Series), Rockport Publications as well as in international presentations. She has most recently participated in a solo show at Viterbo University entitled: Analog Aesthetics, Contemporary Explorations in Letterpress. She has exhibited in galleries located in: Portland, Minneapolis, and New Haven as well as internationally and her artist books are part of several University Special Collection Libraries such as Yale, Wesleyan, UC at Santa Barbara Davidson and Irvine Library. She currently participates in various juried exhibitions, letterpress workshops, etsy- an online community of artists and The Prairie Book Collaborative (a book arts group) in Des Moines, Iowa.  From 2006 to 2011 she was an assistant professor of Graphic Design at Drake University teaching Typography, Graphic Design an letterpress courses. This past spring with the birth of her second daughter she retired from full-time teaching to adjunct teaching as well as focus full time on The Permanent Collection Letterpress and Design Studio and her two young daughters. Biographical Information: Sarah McCoy began her career as a graphic designer in a corporate design group in Austin, Texas in 1999 after finishing her B.A. in Graphic Design from The University of Iowa. In 2001 began graduate studies, receiving her M.A. in 2003 and M.F.A. in 2005 also from the University of Iowa in Graphic Design. Sarah also received a Graduate Certificate from The University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2006 with a concentration in Letterpress and Artists’ Books.   
wedding invitation
wedding invitation
ABC print
ABC print
Interview with Sarah from The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
2002 I took my first class at The University of Iowa Center for the Book
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
all of it! Seeing my designs and typography come to life with fresh ink and a variety of papers.
What inspires you?: 
Influences: futurism, dada, dutch design, Louise Fili, MOMA, St. Brides Printing Library, the changing seasons, travel, patterns, typography (almost any), Emily Dickinson, UICB, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Hatch Show Print, Bruce Rogers, too many things to list…
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Vandercook SP-15 C&P 8x10 C&P Craftsman 12x18 Heidelberg Windmill
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Traditional and Contemporary
What kind of products do you create?: 
posters, prints, broadsides, cards, business cards, postcards, personal stationary, announcements, invitations, anything that I can run through my presses
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Intro to letterpress. Teach history of letterpress, setting type and printing
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
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