What is SANS Studio: The Print Shop?

SANS Studio is owned and run by the Chester-based designer and printmaker Emily Gerrard.

SANS means “without”: without boundaries, without limits – just go for it! This DIY attitude underpins the basis for the way the studio operates.

Screen printing lies at the forefront of the studio. In the Print Shop, you can buy affordable hand printed tshirts, original artworks for the home, gifts, screen printed cards, tote bags and local 35mm photography prints. You will find a lot of the artwork inspired by vintage books, postcards and photography, with most of the prints in store being one of a kind.

SANS offers personal design and print services, ranging from t-shirts to wedding stationary, so please feel free to get in touch to learn more. Collaborations and projects with other creatives are also very much encouraged so if you have any ideas you want to discuss please head into the shop for a chat.

Everything is produced here in Chester, personally by hand. The garage-studio where most of the printing takes place is based in the city (only a short walk from the market), where I have grown up and lived most of my life. Some previous local collaborations have included Tortoise Magazine, DJ’s and event promoters Stepping Tiger, and the Giant carriers in the Midsummer Watch Parade.

What makes us stand out?

SANS specialises in small print editions. You will find collections where each piece is one of a kind through combining screen printing techniques with reclaimed materials. You will also find pieces embracing imperfection, manipulating the printing process and purposefully ‘misprinting’ designs to create pieces that are unique, so you can come away from the shop knowing you have something completely original.

By utilising what can be sourced locally and treating materials with care and passion, you be assured of quality pieces that don’t cost the earth – having a place to buy original work at affordable prices is something SANS always aims to provide.

By using only water-based inks, avoiding harmful chemicals, and making use of reclaimed vintage material, it allows the studio to be in total control of its waste management, material sourcing and environmental footprint. Sustainability is something we take seriously, and through this approach of producing everything personally, it gives an assurance that SANS operates as ethically as possible.


Design and artisan screen printing services are available, tailored especially for small businesses and individuals, offering a unique and personal experience. Please feel welcome to come in for a chat or send over an email if you have a project or idea you want to discuss surrounding:

  • Custom artwork – commissions, collaborations and gifts
  • T-shirt printing
  • Tote bag printing
  • Posters
  • Business cards
  • Bespoke Invitations, cards, stationary
  • Bespoke signage

Is this a new venture?

SANS Studio has been operating since 2018 online, and The Print Shop within the market is the first official venture into physical selling within city.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Fridays late night until 9pm