Sarah Milton / 25 / London / Surface Pattern Designer & Printmaker  


Sarah Milton x Printer of Dreams presents ‘Helvetica Folded’. Over the next fortnight, surface pattern designer, Sarah Milton will be taking over the Printer of Dreams window display with her unique take on typography. The window exhibition will run for two weeks, with all three of her signed Limited Edition Sarah Milton x Printer of Dreams Giclée prints available in our online shop here.

Sarah Milton specializes in striking geometric prints that both beguile and confuse viewers, as they attempt discern what is so familiar about the strange shapes they are staring at. Currently based in East London, Sarah Milton’s typographic wallpapers and artist Print’s have won her plaudits around the globe, from York to New York. Her unique style is the result of an almost obsessive fascination with the process of abstracting and distorting typography.

Beginning with only a chosen font, Sarah prints particular characters onto small squares and then methodically begins an unplanned journey of distortion via a series of origami folds, until she has created and carefully composed an entirely alien pattern. The result here is a bold and rhythmic collection that playfully questions the viewer to trace what is legible and what is not?

Here is what she had to say to us …

What is this?
A collection of abstract, typographic prints. These prints are all constructed out of Helvetica and made up of either letterforms, numerals or characters. I use origami folds to distort the type and sequence the new forms back together. It’s a lovely way to work as I never know what the final piece is going to look like, the folds determine almost everything.

What do you do when you’re procrastinating?
Watch Films and TV. I have an unhealthy addiction to TV series, once I’ve started one I have to finish it. The most disappointed I have ever been is when I got to the end of Lost and realised my loyalty was never going to be rewarded.

How/When/Where do you do your work?
I work from my home in Haggerston, London. I’ll either be folding up hundreds of pieces of paper, scanning them in, or playing with the results in Photoshop.

How do you earn the rent?
I’m a freelance book keeper! I have a knack for maths and love organising things so being a book keeper suits me really well. At the moment I keep books for Donna Wilson and Bompas & Parr.

In five years time you would like to be…
Queen of England.

In five years time you will be…
Sarah Milton.

Final words of advice…
Don’t waste your time worrying about whether or not you fit in.

At the moment I am…
Reading… Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future
Listening to… Kaytranda
Watching… Everything
Looking at… WGSN and booooooom religiously.

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