Having chanced upon a pop-up Victorian-style letterpress print shop in Skipton’s Craven Court Shopping Centre, Sarah and her friends immediately signed up for a workshop at Derdlab Press, and with that single introduction to the craft she was hooked.
She now divides her time between her full-time job as a Communications Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Derdlab, where she spends her weekends learning how to letterpress print from Tony Wright, one of the printing masterminds behind the pop-up shop.
Sarah’s love of words from her day job spills through to her ‘weekend job’, where her favourite thing to do is create greeting cards that play with language and get a giggle out of the shoppers who flock Derdlab, curious if the hundred-year-old presses still work. A very vocal advocate of letterpress printing, she demonstrates the printing process to shoppers and encourages them to give it a go, particularly women as not many take up the craft in the UK.
Her greeting cards are available to buy from Derdlab, and she has previously accepted commissions to create promotional point of sale for Oxfam Skipton, and celebratory and commemorative posters for friends and family.
She hopes to one-day shift the balance of her life so printing takes up most of her week.
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(currently relocating to Otley)