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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

Monday, 26 July 2010

Visual Language

These are a few of the drawing sheets I produced for the first project during the first year of my Textiles and Surface Design degree.
I used a variety of media and techniques, mainly focusing on flowers and foliage but I also created a sheet looking at architecture for which I drew my street.

Gypsy Inspired Fashion

Fashion fabrics inspired by a gypsy/folk theme


For my Alevel project at college I looked at the changes that fruit and vegetables go through as they start to decompose and translated them into printed and embroidered fabric samples.

'Fall' wallpaper

During my first year at college we were set a live project to design a floral wallpaper with an autumnal feel to it, by a local furnishings shop called Midday Interiors.

The photographs below show the journey I went through starting with my initial drawings, moodboards, experimenting with colourways to my final design board with an image of the finished wallpaper.

I drew a variety of flowers but the Delphinium really stood out to me so I decided to use this as the main motif for my wallpaper, incoporating some Forget-Me-Nots to balance the design.

After experimenting with autumnal colours I decided to use shades of brown for my wallpaper as it was a recurring colour found in my research and I felt they were very on-trend.
I feel this is a very successful first attempt at a hand printed wallpaper in a half drop repeat and I am very pleased with the outcome.