Where typography meets origami

Surface pattern designer Sarah Milton views typography through a very abstracted lens, by starting out with a typeface, which she then sets about tearing apart, before recalibrating it as something unrecognisably new.

Helvetica Alpha Too by Sarah Milton
Helvetica Alpha Too by Sarah Milton

You can see her work in a window exhibition at Printer of Dreams, which produces limited edition Giclée prints of up and coming artists.

There’s a familiarity to the letter forms but they’ve all been tessellated and remixed in a completely new way.

Flat Zag by Sarah Milton
Flat Zag by Sarah Milton

Milton, who is known for making typographic wallpapers and prints, starts off by printing characters onto small squares and then uses an origami folding technique to create the final design.

The finished work encourages the viewer to attempt to work out a sense of legibility.

Helvetica Trace by Sarah Milton
Helvetica Trace by Sarah Milton

Helvetica Trace is constructed out of characters like asterisks, brackets and semicolons which have been subject to the folding technique. The print gives the illusion of folded paper. 

Helvetcica Alpha Too is, or was, the alphabet from A-Z, having undergone the same technique and been ‘mixed with textures collected directly by Sarah from the print room,’ according to Printer of Dreams.

Helvetica Alpha Too by Sarah Milton
Helvetica Alpha Too by Sarah Milton

Flat Zag is constructed out of the numbers 0-9 which have been folded to give a zig-zag effect.

Flat Zag by Sarah Milton
Flat Zag by Sarah Milton

Sarah Milton’s work will be displayed at The Printer of Dreams, 53 Amwell Street, Angel, London, EC1R 1UR.

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