Ed & Eva's first trunk show was put on by Sarah McCoy of The Permanent Collection Letterpress and Design Studio. Sarah prints her greeting cards, postcards and wall prints on antique printing presses: one Vandercook press from the 1960s, two Chandler & Prices from 1916 and 1923, and one Heidelberg Windmill from the 1940s.
Sarah grew up in Adel, Iowa, and now lives in Des Moines. She took her first printing class at as a graduate student in graphic design at the University of Iowa where she fell in love with typography. She rolled off her first print in 2001 and hasn't stopped for about a decade now. She guesses she's printed almost a million items in that time. Along with her business, The Permanent Collection, she teaches graphic design at Drake University. She taught full time for five years until 2011 when she resigned and will now be teaching part time.
Despite the age of Facebook and Twitter that we live in, Sarah says the art of letterpress is growing again. She started her business in 2007 and she is happy to report that it has exploded in the last five years. Even after ten years, she's still learning every day, especially about her different ,markets. The Permanent collection has merchandise in about 20 stores nationwide, two of which are in Iowa. She also has a booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market a few times in the summer. To see Sarah's products, visit www.thepermanentcollection.net, find her on Facebook or visit her work at Ed & Eva's. -Adair County Free Press