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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

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Printed Samples

3 koda traces and 6 exposed screens later, I've been like a mad woman in the print rooms for the past few days!

Experimenting with colours, dying different fabrics, using a variety of different print techniques and pigments... and now I have 16 mini samples of ideas on how I could produce my four finals for the competition! There are a few samples in there that I am not happy with and can happily discard but there are quite a few that I am really happy with and may play around with further to combine different techniques and colourways.

Final Painted Furnishing Repeat

I am really happy with the outcome of this piece; I think the colours work really well together. Although it's quite a neutral colour palette, the design is kept interesting with the detail in the flowers and butterfly, and the texture in the shapes taken from the tortoise shell in my initial drawings.

Design Development

I've been busy photocopying and playing around with my drawings to create some repeated layouts; a stressful but fun process!
I have tried to vary my imagery as much as possible but still keep the natural, organic theme and mood in the designs. I am pleased with the outcomes that I have produced and the variation I have managed to create; from busy repeats with literal imagery to quirky, bold designs with quite abstract motifs...

After an x-factor type process of elimination of picking the strongest and discarding the weaker ones and putting it to a vote, I have chosen this design below.
It has beautiful imagery as well as interesting texture and pattern that I can play around with and hopefully get some really good prints out of for the competition!

Excited to see the paper design come to life in colour and on fabric!...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Year 2 - Furnishing Fabrics

So, second year has started and I'm busier than ever! First project of the year is for the Bradford Textile Society competition designing for furnishing fabrics. Very stressful but exciting too!
My chosen theme is nature and everything organic, looking at a variety of things from shells to flowers, mushrooms to fish and the textures and patterns created by nature.
I have posted some images of my initial drawing sheets below and will post again with design development soon!...

Monday, 2 August 2010

Chinoiserie Project - Interiors

For the interiors section of the project, I had to create 2 painted layouts and a 3metre printed length. I used imagery and a colour scheme similar to what I used for my fashion section. I started off by playing around with different imagery and repeats, varying composition and scale. Once I had decided on my layouts I played around with colour and techniques for the painted layouts before creating the final pieces which I drew out and painted by hand myself.

Photocopy layouts

Experimenting with colour and techniques
Final Painted Layouts

Printed Length

Chinoiserie Project - Fashion

As part of the fashion section of the project, I had to create 3 garment shapes using imagery and a colour scheme from my visual research. I produced painted layouts on paper playing around with imagery and compositions before creating the final pieces which I dyed fabrics for and hand embroidered myself.

Dress 1

Dress 2

Dress 3


Chinoiserie Project - Visual Research

This was the last project that I did for my first year at CCAD, creating designs for both fashion and interiors using Chinoiserie as my theme.
Below are a few images taken from the drawing sheets I produced as part of my visual research stage of the project.