Work is letterpress printed broadsides/posters, stationery, cards, coasters, and card sets.
Sarah McCoy is currently on faculty at Drake University, Asst. Prof. Graphic Design. Sarah owns and operates a letterpress Studio - The Permanent Collection in the vibrant downtown East Village in Des Moines, Iowa. Her studio is full of wood and metal type as well as, vintage presses- models including a Heidelberg Windmill Red Ball, two Chandler and Price models, a Vandercook SP-15, and two small proof presses. She designs and prints work for clients both big and small such as PaperSource, Madsen Cycles and the Hinterland Music Festival.
McCoy received an M.A. 2003 and M.F.A. 2005 from The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in Graphic Design. Graduated with a Graduate Certificate in 2006 from The University of Iowa Center for the Book with a concentration in letterpress printing.
Sarah has been actively letterpress printing since 2002. She has led printing workshops at Universities and conferences such as the Ladies of Letterpress biannual conference. McCoy's work has been included in various national and international Letterpress and book arts exhibitions. Her work has most recently been included in the several publications such as, Princeton Architectural Press's book, Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints (April 2015).
Tammy and Adam Winn
The Red Door Press is a print & design studio run by a husband and wife team located in Des Moines, Iowa that specializes in creating posters, broadsides, social stationary, cards, and other ephemera using the traditional letterpress printing process. Started in 2012 with a single press and a small handful of type, the studio got its name from a particular red door which they visit each year to take family photos. Founded on the idea of remembering their past, today they have grown to over twenty presses and an ever-growing type collection of type - and they're not slowing down. Drawn to the letterpress process, they love the uniqueness of each piece of work and the imperfections created by using old worn wood type. Printing in the studio engages their sense of play more than their sense of work. They enjoy experimenting; printing on unusual and reclaimed mediums; using transparency and overlapping to create new shades and tones; and using hand-set type in unexpected ways to create shapes and patterns. Tammy and Adam are thrilled to learn more and share the beautiful history of letterpress with others through markets, exhibitions and workshops/demos, and spreading their artwork throughout the Des Moines community and beyond. Check out more about info about their print shop at www.thereddoorpress.com.