The Permanent Collection Letterpress & Design Studio

The Permanent Collection is located in Des Moines, Iowa, established in 2007 by Sarah and Andy 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.

SARAH received her B.A. from The University of Iowa in 1999 in Graphic Design and Journalism. After completing her degree she went to Austin, Texas to work as a graphic designer in a corporate design group for National Instruments. In 2001 Sarah 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. She was a full time professor at Drake University in Art + Design, Graphic Design from 2006-2010, currently she is an adjunct professor so she can concentrate on The Permanent Collection.

Sarah’s work can be found in many retail locations nationally and in the U.K. Her letterpress 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 in Portland, Minneapolis, Asheville, New Haven, and internationally. Her letterpress work has been featured in several University galleries and 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).