Artist's pen name: The Permanent Collection Letterpress
Comments from the book artist:
The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio (thepcpress). The Permanent Collection is located in Des Moines, Iowa, established in 2007 by Sarah McCoy. It is a letterpress printing and design studio specializing in contemporary design, fine press products and vintage printing. The Permanent Collection is a full service design studio for graphic design, identity, branding, business cards, postcards, social stationery, greeting cards, broadsides/posters, birth announcements, wedding invitations and any other custom printed work. In this day and age of digital dominance, there has been a marked response to The Permanent Collection’s hand-inked, hand-cranked letterpress creations.
I could give you a long and exciting story about how I learned letterpress printing but in reality, I have been creating earnest little cards since I was a small girl (just ask my mom—I used to draw images and type on books, walls and dolls!) I love bringing meaningful solutions, unique visuals and gorgeous typography to graphic communication. The joy and delight this brings to clients, friends, and family gives me satisfaction daily. I like to think The Permanent Collection has a “permanent” place in the celebrations and marked moments in our clients’ lives. Letterpress allows me to merge my love of design, imagery, typography and paper in one place. I get the most satisfaction with making people happy with inked paper, press and hands which I create in my home studio. We are thrilled to print for you.
Awards received and dates:
Finalist in Country Living Magazine's Pitch Your Product Contest
Sarah’s work has been featured in several publications, most recently 1,000 More Greetings: Creative Correspondence for All Occasions (1000 Series), Rockport Publications and exhibitions in galleries at Viterbo University, Portland, Minneapolis, Asheville, New Haven, and internationally. Her artist books are part of several University Libraries, such as Yale, Wesleyan, UC at Santa Barbara Davidson and The University of California Irvine Library. She has presented her letterpress research both nationally and internationally most notable at ATYPI’s (Association Typographique Internationale) annual conference in Brighton, England entitled, “Typographic Form and the Permanence of Letterpress Type” and in an essay entitled: “Analogue Aesthetics.” “The Means by Which We Find Our Way: Observations on Design,” Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, New Zealand, 2008.
Artist's web site: http://www.thepermanentcollection.net
This artist creates: Handmade Books, Blank Books, Miniature Books, Illustrated Books and Limited Edition Books. She is a Book Illustrator, Book Designer, Hand Press Printer, Fine Printer, Job Printer, and Ephemera Printer. She owns a Book/Printing Organization.
Audience Types: All ages
Do you encourage visits to your studio or business? Yes
Are you willing to do programs or exhibits for libraries, schools or other groups? Yes
If so, are there fees associated with your program or exhibit? Yes, usually I determine a fee that is fair for the school/client/etc. and myself (reasonable pricing)
Mailing Address: 411 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Books designed or illustrated by this artist
- Design Exhibition Catalogs for The University of Iowa Museum of Art.