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Delicate designs with an illustrative edge - highly detailed surface pattern and illustration, inspired by life and created with love. Sarah Fleming is a graduate of Cleveland College of Art & Design, where she studied Textiles and Surface Design, specialising in design for the home furnishings and greetings market. Inspired by the detail and beautiful patterns found in nature and her surroundings, Sarah is motivated to achieve beautiful, highly informative observational drawings. She showed an interest in Art from a very early age and has developed a great passion for Textiles and Surface Design. This huge passion spurs her on to work extremely hard, full of enthusiasm to create new and exciting design ideas. Sarah has developed a detailed, tight drawing style which helps her to achieve her beautiful observational drawings. However, she is also able to work in a very sketchy, illustrative style too - showing her as a very versatile designer, capable of adapting where relevant to confidently produce designs for both the commercial and more niche markets. For work enquiries please contact Sarah at sarahfleming11@hotmail.com

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Pam Glew..

I came across the work of Pam Glew whilst researching artists that use bleach in their work.
Although I used the discharge technique onto fabric, bleach was something I hadn't really used previous to my University course in my drawings, but I find it can create some very interesting outcomes.
Pam Glew is a contemporary British artist who uses the bleaching technique on fabrics and flags to create some amazing pieces of work.I was initially attracted to her work due to her ability to draw such detailed, life-like portraits. I love how she draws onto pages from books too, as it is something unusual and adds further interest to the images, but it was her prints onto fabrics that really caught my eye.I find it fascinating how the screen prints are such good quality, just like photographs. Although the meanings behind them are slightly twisted and sad I can't help but love them!

More Chelsea Harbour..

These are some more photographs that I took at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.

I felt really inspired walking around all of the showrooms and it made me more determined to work hard and get to where I want to be, maybe one day having my own show room there.

Zoffany Sanderson

I really liked the work in Zoffany Sanderson and the quirky little room displays that they had around the room. I thought this was a really nice way of showing their work rather than just having all the fabric and wallpaper samples flat in books or hung up.

I've looked at their work before in projects that I did at college and always found great inspiration from it but it was really nice to see it in the show room, with complete collections set out neatly and professionally.

Mulberry Home

The Mulberry Home showroom also had cute room displays showing their work, which all looked cosy and comfortable.
The designs used quite rich fabrics and fairly neutral colour palettes which I thought added to the idea of them being expensive and appealing but they had hints of bright colours in areas which was attractive and brought them to life a little bit more.
I loved the embroidery that I saw by Mulberry, it was all so detailed and intricate.
I liked the variety in the designs using both literal and stylized motifs in their patterns too.

Cole & Son

Cole & Son's showroom seemed to focus mainly on the work that they have produced in collaboration with Vivienne Westwood which is very exciting!
I have always been a fan of their work so to have them working together can only mean great things, and from the few designs that I saw it looks really good!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Chelsea Harbour..

During a trip to London with my University recently, I visited the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre where some of my favourite design companies have show rooms.
It was really nice to have a look at their latest designs and discover new designers that I hadn't been aware of before.

Jason D'Souza

Jason D’Souza had some lovely fabrics displayed in the showroom, with some very rich patterns and lovely floral embroidery.

I love the way these trimmings have been made as the ultimate decorative pieces, as they should be!
They would make even the simplest fabric look expensive and attractive.
I really like the colour combinations of the blue with the brown and cream which has been used on quite a few of the items, it looks very rich and interesting.


This photograph shows my Final Major Project that was put up in an exhibition in Summer 2009 at Park Street college, where I attended for two years studying ND Textiles.
My theme for the project was trees, and I produced a length of wallpaper with 3 canvases. The pattern for these interior pieces was taken and stylized from a drawing that I did of some tree bark. I screen printed the wallpaper by hand as well as the two canvases which use the same pattern, and used a digital print technique to produce the other canvas, using an image I had taken myself. I then worked into the two patterned canvases with both hand and machine embroidery, and cutwork to recreate the texture of the bark the pattern originally came from.
I'm very happy and proud of this work and doing this project really helped me discover my passion for surface pattern.