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Sophie Matthews-Paul dies aged 68

Sophie Matthews-Paul dies aged 68


Diagnosed with cancer in January of this year, Sophie died at home in the presence of her son, James, and her three cats. She was 68 years old.

Originally a journalist and editor of a number of trade publications, Sophie launched Sign, Screen & Digital Printer in the 1990s before contributing to a number of other titles, including PrintWeek, Output, Image (Australia) and Large Format (Germany).

Known by many as ‘Mrs Inkjet’, over the past three decades she acquired a wealth of knowledge about the digitisation of the industry, becoming an instrumental influencer in the evolution of digital inkjet’s role within the fields of wide-format, textile and industrial print. Alongside this eminent career, Sophie’s diverse passions included photography, aviation and chicken-keeping.

“Sophie’s extraordinary charm and intellect left an indelible mark on the lives, careers and hearts of everyone she knew,” says James Matthews-Paul. “A potent and effusive life force has gone from the world, but I know she would want each of her friends and colleagues to remember her inimitable spirit with a smile.”

The family wishes to thank St Michael’s Hospice, Marie Curie and Macmillan for the care provided to Sophie over the last six months, as well as to Jessica Morris and Jake Fox, who lived with Sophie and James towards the end.

Arrangements for Sophie’s memorial service are currently being made. For further information about these, or to send a message to the family, please contact

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